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Vladimir Ivanoff (Musical Director, Percussion, Lute, Ud)

Born: Bulgaria

The Bulgarian musical director and percussion, lute and ud player, Vladimir Ivanoff, received his doctorate in musicology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and studied lute and historical performance practise at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Musikhochschule, Karlsruhe. Following post-doctoral research projects in Venice and Munich, he began lecturing at various European and American universities. He has published several books, contributes regularly to music journals and encyclopaedias, and lectures at international symposia and conferences.

Vladimir Ivanoff is founder and musical director of the ensembles Sarband Ensemble, Vox, Metamorphoses, L'Orient Imaginaire and Consortium Monacense with which he performs in concerts, scenic projects, radio, TV and CD productions all over Europe, Asia and the USA.

As a CD producer, composer and arranger Vladimir Ivanoff works with numerous artists from widely diverse backgrounds, amongst them: Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Megapolis, Goethes Erben, Concerto Köln, The King’s Singers, Berliner Philharmoniker.

Vladimir Ivanoff received two Grammy-Award-Nominations in 1992 and two Echo-Klassik-Awards in 2003 and 2006. In 2007, he was awarded by the Regione Apuglia with the "Premio Mousiké" for the diffusion of Early Music in the Mediterranean, in 2008 he receives the German Worldmusic Award.

Vladimir Ivanoff endeavours not only to mediate between the theory and practice of music but also to illuminate and strengthen the connecting threads between the Orient and the Occident. He revives and gives new spirit to what can perhaps be described as the rather dry area of Early Music - not dispensing with musicological scrutiny in the process.

"Vladimir Ivanoff's strength is to connect different cultures, to build bridges between Orient and Occident. With the «Arabian Passion» … he succeeded that in an outstanding way." - Franz Szabo, April 2006
"Vladimir Ivanoff's finely structured frame drum playing gives the whole it's perfection." Frido Hütter, Kleine Zeitung, Graz, July 2005
"There, at the borders of Europe, where our eurocentric sciences and arts stop, Vladimir Ivanoff just takes off …" - Thomas Muttray-Kraus, Oberbayerisches Volksblatt, February 2001
"Nothing compares to Ivanoff's art of playing the frame drum."
" … Ivanoff crosses borders and thus finds a new music which transfers our dreams about the Orient into a soundscape." - Franzpeter Messmer, Fono Forum, November 2000

Source: Ensemble Sarband Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2009)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Vladimir Ivanoff

Musical Director

The Arabian Passion according to J.S. Bach [w/ Sarband Ensemble]

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Vladimir Ivanoff - musical director, percussion, lute, ud (Sarband)


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