Assistant Professor and Program Director, Percussion
Svet Stoyanov (percussion) is assistant professor of instrumental performance and program director of Percussion at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. Praised by the New York Times for his "understated but unmistakable virtuosity" and a "winning combination of gentleness and fluidity," Bulgarian-born Svet Stoyanov is a winner of the 2003 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. He made his New York City debut at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall as a co-soloist, premiering the Phillip Glass "Concerto Fantasy" for Two Timpanists and Orchestra. Stoyanov has performed as a soloist with the Chicago, Seattle, American Symphony Orchestras and The New York Pops, to name a few, and at prominent festivals worldwide. An active and passionate chamber musician, Svet Stoyanov works with violinist Moni Simeonov (The SemiDuo project), a 2Piano/2Percussion ensemble (Hammer/Klavier), and a contemporary music collaborative with flutist Claire Chaise. Stoyanov's CD "Percussive Counterpoint" was released in 2009 to a great acclaim and features a transcription of Steve Reich's "Electric Counterpoint" for marimba and vibes, and a video performance of Thierry de Mey's "Musique de Tables" — a theatrical "ballet" for 3 sets of hands. In addition to his diverse performance career, Svet Stoyanov is actively involved with educational outreach and presents numerous clinics and workshops.
Visiting Lecturer, Percussion
In addition to his position as Percussionist with the Houston Symphony, Matthew Strauss is currently a visiting lecturer in timpani and percussion at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Prior to his posts in Houston and as former timpanist with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival, he performed as a member of the percussion section in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra throughout the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He has performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and Harrisburg Symphony.