Vesselin Stanev was born in Varna (Bulgaria). At the age of 10, he started studying at the School of Music in his hometown. From 1983, he continued studying with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he obtained the title of soloist in 1988. He then went to Paris to study with Alexis Weissenberg. From 1992 to 1995, he studied in the advanced classes of the National Conservatory of Music. In London, as a mentor, Peter Feuchtwanger spurred him on invaluably.
Vesselin Stanev became a renowned figure as a pianist as evidenced by his awards at the international Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud Competition. His career as a performer has taken him to the great concert halls of Europe - Wigmore Hall in London, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Salle Gaveau in Paris as well as Scandinavia, Eastern and South-eastern Europe, Russia and Japan. He has collaborated successfully with the conductors Paul Daniel, Alexander Lazarev, Hubert Soudant, David Zinman and many others. In chamber groups, he performs regularly with the violinist Ekaterina Frolova.
Under the Bulgarian label Gega New, Vesselin Stanev recorded 6 CDs dedicated to the works of Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin and Rachmaninov. His first CD for Sony Classical presents Alexandre Scriabine's youthful works. He then recorded two projects dedicated to the music of Franz Liszt for the RCA label: "Transcendental Studies" in 2010 and in 2014 a programme entitled "Music and Myth".