Join us on Saturday, December 5 for the final concert of the year. Bulgarian pianist Stefan Chaplikov will perform Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas.

Bulgarian pianist Stefan Chaplikov


Composer Work Year
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109 1820
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A-flat major, Op. 110 1821
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 1822

About the Artist

Pianist Stefan Chaplikov has performed across Europe and North America to a high critical acclaim. First prize winner of several international competitions, including the International Piano Competition Varna, International Piano Competition “Schumann-Brahms” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, second prize at the International Piano Competition Albert-Roussel à Sofia, Mr. Chaplikov enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. His emerging career thus far has seen him performing in venues such as Salle Cortot, Musée de l’Armée, Paris, Musée des Augustins de Toulouse, Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria, Santander, Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and Koerner Hall, Toronto, Morse Recital Hall at Yale Univeristy.

His latest recordings include a solo album with Clementi Piano Sonatas for the Naxos Label, which was released in August 2018. Recent performance highlights include a concerto with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria under the baton of Dian Chobanov performing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4. In 2012, Mr. Chaplikov recorded a CD “Brahms, Variations “for the “Young soloists” collection of the Conservatorie de Paris with the support of the Meyer Foundation for cultural and artistic development. The CD was recently broadcasted on the program Leur premier CD of Radio France Musique. In 2014 he recorded Beethoven’s Sonata op.106, “Hammerklavier” in Koerner Hall, Toronto, as a part of the Rebanks Family Fellowship Program at the Glenn Gould School.

Stefan has been invited to numerous music festivals and academies, among them are The International Holland Music Sessions, Weimar Master Classes, The Banff Centre, Encuentro de Música y Academia Santander, Académie de Musique Lausanne and Festival International des Jeunes Etoiles Paris. He had the opportunity to receive the guidance of such esteemed pedagogues as Pierre- Laurent Aimard, Richard Goode, Stephen Hough, FouTs’ong, Dmitri Bashkirov, Bruno Canino, Boris Berman, Idil Biret, Eric Heidsieck, Arie Vardi, and John O`Connor.

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Stefan Chaplikov made his concert debut in Sofia at the age of eleven as a soloist with the Sofia Soloists chamber ensemble performing J.S. Bach’s Piano Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052. He was the recipient of the Bulgarian Minister of Culture’s Award for Outstanding Artistic Achievements as well as receiving an Honorary Diploma from the President of the Republic for “Exceptional Results in the Musical Arts”. In 2006, he continued his education at the Conservatoire de Paris in the studio of Michell Beroff. During his studies in Paris, Mr Chaplikov was awarded scholarships and grants from the Adami, Meyer and Tarazzi Foundations, as well as the prix Oriolis for 2010. In 2011, Stefan obtained his Master’s degree in Piano from the Conservatoire de Paris with highest distinctions (Mention Très Bien).

Stefan was accepted into the Rebanks Family Fellowship Program at The Glenn Gould School in Toronto in 2013, where he had the opportunity to study with John Perry. He participated in The Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program in 2013-14. Stefan was accepted into the prestigious Artist Diploma Program at Yale School of Music in the studio of Peter Frankl. He graduated from Yale in May 2016 and is currently a DMA candidate at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in the studio of Leon Fleisher.

Artist Videos

These two exquisite videos were produced in 2014, while Stefan was studying at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.