Choir director

Stanislava Nankova

Stanislava Nankova has been the director of the Madeleine Choir since 2003.

Ms Nankova was born in Bulgaria, and is now a Swiss citizen. She studied music (piano and accordion) at the Conservatory in her home town of Dobritch, then at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in music education. After graduating, she taught music in Dobritch, at the same time co-directing a women’s choir, the winner of numerous international awards. She also founded a 10-member vocal ensemble.

Stanislava’s deep interest in choral singing brought her to Geneva in 1999 to study choral conducting at the Conservatory of Music under Michel Corboz. She qualified as a choir director in 2002, which was followed by a diploma in the teaching of the theory of music in 2007, presenting a thesis on Byzantine music. Between 2008 and 2010, she worked as a teaching assistant at the Geneva Conservatory while carrying out an inter-university research project on Byzantine chant. She concluded her music studies in 2013 with a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Geneva.

In 2011, Stanislava Nankova attended the Orchestra Conducting for Choral Conductors course at the 8th International Summer Choir Academy in Pomáz, Hungary.

Since then, she continues training under Peter Broadbent, founder and director of the “Joyful Company of Singers” chamber choir in London.

In addition to the Madeleine Choir, Stanislava Nankova leads two other choirs: