Members of the Ensemble Modern
Trumpet player Sava Stoianov, born in 1976, has been a member of the Ensemble Modern since 2002. As a soloist and with his chamber music partners – including the record player Miako Klein, horn player Jonathan Williams, trombonist Valeri Pachov, soprano Rita Balta and composer Vykintas Baltakas – he presents unusual programmes which always include pieces written for Sava and range all the way to free improvisation. Together with Georgi Andreev, the composer and director of the Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble Philip Koutev, and some of its members, he dedicates himself to the authentic performance of traditional Bulgarian music – including the use of the cornett. He has been invited to perform as solo trumpet by major orchestras, for example the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. In order to enhance his diverse musical activities, he espouses the further development of the trumpet with leading instrument makers, the Brothers Thein. Sava Stoianov received the first trumpet lessons from Ivan Babev in his hometown of Dobrich, Bulgaria. At age 14, his studies took him to the renowned Dobri Hristov Music School in Varna, where he studied with Ivan Iliev, and he subsequently received his diploma from the Music Academy in Sofia in 1999. That same year, he continued his studies in Weimar (Germany) with Prof. Uwe Komischke. From 2000, Sava Stoianov studied with Prof. Matthias Höfs in Hamburg and received his German diploma in 2004. Master courses with Edward H. Tarr, Jean-Bernard Beauchamp and Pierre Thibaud complemented his studies. While still a student, he already played first solo trumpet in the Bulgarian National Philharmonic Sofia. His portrait CD ›Люлка (Ljulka)‹ was released in 2009 by Ensemble Modern Medien.