Vesselin Stanev was born in Varna, Bulgaria in 1964 and studied under Prof. Dmitry Bashkirov at the Moscow Conservatoire. While still a student, he took part in prestigious piano competitions: the P. I. Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow, 1982) and the Marguetite Long International Competition (Paris, 1986). He received awards at both competitions. Between 1988 and 1990 Vesselin Stanev specialized with Alexis Weisenberg in Paris and at the same time started an international career (currently he lives in France and Switzerland). He has been on numerous tours and recitals in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Bulgaria, Russia. His appearances have inevitably been accompanied by favourable reviews of his art, remarking on his exceptional technique, virtuosity, and musical individuality, which sets him apart from most excellent, but "ordinary" pianists.