His artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought Republic of Moldova-native Stanislav (“Stas”) Venglevski increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the bayan (Russian accordion). Stas is a two-time first-prize winner of the Republic of Moldova’s national bayan competition and a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music. In 1992, Stas immigrated to the United States.
An accordionist, composer, conductor, arranger, entertainer, and teacher, Stas’s wide repertoire includes his original compositions and 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 and Steve Allen, and with Garrison Keillor on Prairie Home Companion. He has performed with symphony orchestras in Europe and throughout the United States including the Anchorage, Grand Florida, and Detroit orchestras.
For the past five years he has been the Artistic Director of the Houston Accordion Orchestra Retreat and in 2021 he was named Artistic Director of A World of Accordions (AWAM) in Superior, Wisconsin. He is a past President of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild and currently serves on its board. Most recently, he has joined the faculty of the Music Department of the University of Wisconsin, Superior.