Described by the New York critics as "exceptional", "magnificent", "bold" and "dynamic", Bulgarian pianist Tania Stavreva made her New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in April 2009, as part of the Artists International’s 36 Special Presentation Winners Series.
This season, Tania Stavreva appeared at major venues including Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Williams, Brown and Seully Halls in Boston, Kosciuszko Foundation Auditorium, Lincoln Center’s Paul Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Yamaha Artists Services Piano Salon, Steinway Hall, Tenri Cultural Institute, Roulette, the Bulgarian Consulate General and the CSV Cultural Center in New York where she was featured on NY1 News by NBC reporter Asa Aarons. Recent recital performances include appearances at Steinert Hall, Boston Public Library, Boston Symphony’s Higginson Hall, Fogg Museum of Art at Harvard University, Goethe Institute-Boston, United University Church in Los Angeles, National Ethnographic Museum-Plovdiv, Bulgaria and “Sala dei Notari” Perugia, Italy. In August 2007, Tania appeared as soloist with Sinfonia Perugina, conductor Maestro Enrico Marconi at Cathedral San Lorenzo Perugia. Other orchestral experiences include performances with the Boston Conservatory Symphony Orchestra at Sanders Theater, Harvard University under the baton of Maestro Bruce Hangen. Invited by Amanda Palmer from the internationally-acclaimed band The Dresden Dolls, Tania is one of the first pianists of her generation to perform modern classical music at such rock club venues as the Webster Hall in New York and the Paradise Rock Club in Boston.
In addition to her recent award from the Artists International Auditions in New York, Tania was awarded the "Sarkis Baltaian" Award in recognition of her "outstanding artistic achievements and high concert activity during the 2002-2003 concert seasons". She was also the winner of numerous piano competitions among which are the 2010 Bradshow & Buono International Piano Competition in New York, National "Franz Schubert" Piano Competition 2001 in Russe, Bulgaria and the "Dobrin Petkov" Young Pianists Competition -Plovdiv, 1996 where she also received the "special prize for best virtuoso performance". In 1997, the Mayor of Haskovo, Bulgaria, Atans Vasilev, awarded Tania the Medal "Nedialka Simeonova" for "enriching the musical art and culture in our town Haskovo." She was featured on a live national TV and radio broadcast performing solo piano works by the acclaimed Bulgarian composer Alexander Tanev.
Tania Stavreva appeared in numerous music festivals among which are the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in New York, New England Conservatory's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Music Fest Perugia in Italy, XXXIII Musical Days "Nedialka Simeonova", and the Varna Summer International Music Festival in Bulgaria. She has worked with a multitude of renowned musicians including Arie Vardi, Jerome Lowenthal, Martin Canin, Daniel Pollack, David Dubal, John Perry, William-Grant Nabore, Paul Schenly, Jerome Rose, Stephen Drury, Luiz de Moura Castro, Boris Bloch, Frank Levy, Steven Mayer, Oxana Yablonskaya, HaeSun Paik, Anton Dikov.
Born in Bulgaria, Tania Stavreva started to play the piano at the age of four and gave her first solo recital at the age of five in her native country of Bulgaria. She graduated from National Music School "Dobrin Petkov" in Plovdiv as a Piano Performance Major in May 2003 with high distinction in both academics and performance. Her early teachers included Greta Anastasova, Rositsa Ivancheva and Krassimir Gatev. She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Boston Conservatory where she was a full scholarship student of Michael Lewin. While at the Conservatory, she distinguished herself by winning the Chamber Music Honors Competition in 2005, the Alfred Lee Piano Scholarship Competition in 2006 and the Piano Honors Competition in 2007. A member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda, Tania is a visiting piano faculty at the Page Music Lesson Center in Boston, and a faculty of the Boston International Summer Music Festival "Youth and Muse." She is also on the piano faculty of the Piano School of New York City.