Born in Ukraine, Stan was classically trained in piano, music theory and composition. In 1987, he obtained a Master's degree in Music. Upon arriving in Canada, he rounded up his education by studying contemporary film scoring and production with Glenn Morley at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Shortly after he joined a Guild of Canadian Film Composers, he started working on films and TV shows as a composer. He has scored music for Alliance Atlantis, CBC, Nelvana, YTV, Barna-Alper Productions. His most recent film work is music for the movie Secret Miracle which was recently awarded a Silver Remi Award for best short drama from an adapted work at this year’s WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. Stan is currently taking a Film Scoring course at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Stan's career as a performer has taken him all over the world as a pianist and band leader. He immigrated to Canada in 1998 and has since collaborated and shared stages with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Warren Hill, Jeff Golub, Paul Brown, Najee, Demo Cates, Sharon Lee Williams, Eddie Bullen, Liberty Silver, Chris Smith, Paul Christopher, Mark Kelso, Andrew Scott, Sasha Boychouk, Vickie Van Dyke, Rich Brown, Steve Heathcote, Loi Bartolomuchi, Frank Botos, Bob Brough, Artie Ross, Terry Clarke, Jim Vivian.
His orchestrating and arranging work includes audio arrangments for varaiety of piano play-along books published by Hal Leonard, CD Classics Go Pop for Parry Music (BMG), two musicals The Forest Song and Little Prince for Nazarov National Theatre in Moscow, as well as arrangements for independent artists in U.S., Canada and Russia.
In 2005, Stan released his first CD Smooth Session, showcasing as a composer, arranger and performer. Two tracks Midnight and Flight 111 have become runaway hits on Canadian Smooth Jazz radio stations. <br>Wave 94.7's morning man and musical director Bob Farrow writes, "Stan draws on his superb technicality and then wows you with his unabashed sense of groove. Backed up by David West on guitar, Sasha Boychouk on alto sax and clarinet and the vocal power of Dave Nichols, Smooth Session is comprised of 6 original tracks anda nod to Tchaikovsky." -Free Music Weekend Review, November, '05. Vickie Van Dyke, 2005 broadcaster of the year (Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards) wrote, "Stan Fomin knows how to play (he's got chops and then some) but he also knows how to groove. Smooth Session is smooth indeed - a most welcome surprise from a powerful new force on the Canadian Smooth Jazz scene." -Wave Fave Review, Wave 94.7, October '05. In the spring of 2006, Flight 111 made it to number one on the Wave 94.7 Smooth Jazz Charts for 3 weeks.
Stan is musical director for Papaduke, a band blending traditional Slavic gypsy music mixed with a touch of classic pop and a good measure of jazz led by violinist Vasyl Popadiuk. The band genre-defying fusion music first CD was released in early 2006.
For the past six years, he has been part of legendary jazzman's Bob Brough's band. Brough has been a fixture on the Toronto jazz scene for over thirty years. His smoky, relaxed tone recalls vintage Stan Getz, while his harmonic adventures bring to mind early John Coltrane.
Recently, Stan joined forces with well-known Smooth Jazz singer/sax player Demo Cates. Together they've just released the new album "Cates Fomin Project" with subtitle "Journey With Us", distributed by Universal Music Canada, powered by Sab Ravalli, president of Luccica Productions and produced by multi-platinum award winner Mark Berry, Attack Media Group.
Stan was nominated in the "keyboardist of the year" category at the 2006 and 2008 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards