artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have
brought "Stas" Venglevski, a native of the Republic
of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, increasing
acclaim as a virtuoso of the bayan. A two-time first prize
winner of bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova,
Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow
where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the
tutelage of the famed Russian bayanist, Friedrich Lips.
In 1992 he immigrated to the United States.
Stas' repertoire includes his original compositions, a broad
range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. He has
toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet
Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States including numerous
performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and with Garrison
Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally,
he has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the
United States. He performed the world premiere of Concerto
No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and also the world premiere
of Bayan and Beyond, composed for Stas by Dan Lawitts.
He is a regular participant of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's
Arts in Community Education Program (ACE); has done television
commercials and performed in theater productions; produced
numerous recordings including transcription of Tchaikovsky's
Nutcracker Suite for bayan as well as one of original compositions.
He has published several books of original compositions.
Stas also performs as a member of the A Sta_Sera Duo where
he combines talents with accordionist, John Simkus, known
primarily for his smooth jazz renditions. Their musical
partnership has resulted in a unique repertoire and as a
duo they have toured the United States and Europe extensively
and collaborated on a CD of original compositions, Seasonings.
Stas serves as President of the prestigious Accordionists
and Teachers Guild, International (ATG) which was established
in 1940 with the purpose of furthering the progress of the
accordion by improving teaching standards, music, and all
phases of music education. The ATG is a member of the International
Music Council (IMC-NESCO) which holds an annual competition
and festival in various cities around the United States.
The brilliant artistry and musical virtuosity of Stas afford
an expanded dimension in music and an innovative musical
adventure to the audience.