KRASSIMIR STEREV was born in Bulgaria, where he started his musical education in Plovdiv. He continued his studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, as well as in Denmark, where he held a scholarship from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, graduating as accordion soloist. His musical development was strongly influenced by teachers such as Mogens Ellegaard, James Crabb, and Georg Schulz. Sterev performs internationally as a soloist and member of chamber music ensembles and orchestras, and plays at many renowned festivals. His engagements include appearances in various theater and dance productions and projects specifically developed for children.
Krassimir Sterev became a member of Klangforum Wien in 2003. He has also worked with the Vienna Philharmonic (under Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim), the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Radio Symphony Orchestra - Vienna (under Susanna Mälkki), the London Philharmonia Orchestra, with the ensembles Kontrapunkte, musikFabrik - Cologne, and Ensemble Phace, and he is part of the Amos Trio. Since October 2015, Sterev directs the accordion class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
In addition, he focuses his attention on the development of a repertoire for accordion. Many composers have written new pieces for him – among others Chaya Czernowin, Bernhard Lang, Pierluigi Billone, Peter Ablinger, Bernhard Gander, Olga Neuwirth, and Aureliano Cattaneo.