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impuls . 11th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music


Graz, February 10th - 22nd, 2019



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Photo source: Krassimir Sterev


Special Program with

Krassimir Sterev

and Bernhard Gander


Composers meet Accordionists +

Krassimir Sterev, accordion

"Why contemporary music? Out of a daily inner force to still discover the unheard, the unknown and to learn, understand and speak a new language." (Krassimir Sterev)



Krassimir Sterev was born in Bulgaria, where he started his musical education in Plovdiv. He continued his studies at the Music University in Graz, Austria and also in Denmark, where he received a scholarship from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and finished his studies as accordionist in a soloist class. His musical development was strongly influenced by teachers like Mogens Ellegaard, James Crabb and Georg Schulz. Krassimir Sterev internationally performs as a soloist and member of chamber music formations, ensembles and orchestras and participates in many renowned festivals. His engagements also include performances in various theatre and dance theatre productions and projects specifically developed for children. Since 2003 Krassimir Sterev has been a member of Klangforum Wien. He has also worked with the Vienna Philharmonic (under Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim), the London Philharmonia Orchestra and the RSO Wien, with Ensemble Kontrapunkte, musikFabrik and Ensemble Phace amongst others and is part of Trio Amos. In 2015 he also startet to teach at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München.

Krassimir Sterev also focusses his attention on the developement of a special repertoire for accordion. Many composers have written new pieces for him (amongst others Bernhard Lang, Pierluigi Billone, Bernhard Gander, Olga Neuwirth, Aureliano Cattaneo, Peter Jakober), which he also premiered.

Krassimir Sterev @ Klangforum Wien