Stefan Bonev


Born in Bulgaria, the concert pianist received his first piano lessons at the age of five from Antoaneta Vodenitscharowa at the “National School of Art” in Pleven, where in 2012 he graduated with honors.

Since 2012 he studies at the University of Music and Theater, Hamburg with Professor Stepan Simonian and from October 2019 with Professor Alexandar Madzar. Since 2017 he studies also with Professor Eliso Vir- saladze at the Scuola di musica di Fiesole.

The 26 year old pianist has enjoyed great success in international com- petitions, including the Liszt Prize at the “Franz Liszt” Competition in Weimar, the “Grand Prix” at the “Franz Schubert Competition” in Russe, Bulgaria 2009, and the 1st prize at the international Competition “Young virtuosos” in Sofia, Bulgaria 2012 and 2nd and 2 special prizes at the “International Pantscho Wladigerov” competition in Shumen, Bulgaria 2015.

This was followed by numerous concerts (solo recitals and concerts with orchestra) in Vienna, Weimar, Mannheim, Hamburg, Bremen, Warsaw, Tokyo, Bucharest, Sofia, Russe etc.

The young pianist has been a scholarship holder of the Oscar and Vera- Ritter Foundation since 2018.

First round

K. Szymanowski: Mazurkas op. 50
No. 2 A flat major Allegramente – Poco vivace
No. 3 c sharp minor Moderato
No. 4 B flat major Allegramente, risoluto

F. Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie A flat major op. 61

Final round

C. Debussy: Images Book 1
No. 1 Reflets dans l’eau
No. 2 Hommage à Rameau
No. 3 Mouvement

F. Liszt: Sonata b minor S.178