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|GUEST ARTIST SERIES|
PETAR JANKOVIC, CLASSICAL GUITAR
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009
7:30 PM IN BROOKES CHAPEL
**FREE TO THE PUBLIC**
Jankovic began his guitar studies at age 8 in his native Yugoslavia, where he later earned a degree in classical guitar from the renowned Music Academy in Belgrade. While in Yugoslavia, he became a two-time gold medal, silver medal, and two-time bronze medal winner at the National Music Competition. At age 16, he delivered his first professional performance, and by age 20, the Community College in Belgrade invited the young, talented Jankovic to share his expertise with beginning classical guitar students. This marked the beginning of a distinguished teaching career that has developed alongside his successful performing career.
He went on to earn a masters degree from the Indiana University School of Music, and in the mid-90s, the I.U. School of Music invited Jankovic to pursue the esteemed Artist Diploma Degree under the guidance of Maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Still dedicated to sharing his talent through both performing and teaching, Jankovic developed a guitar program at Franklin College of Indiana in 1997. At present, he lives in Indiana and is a professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN.
A rising star among the world's top musicians, Jankovic has never paused from honing his skills and developing artistically. In 1998, he released "Romantico" - a CD exploring the sounds of the romantic Spanish and Latino-American world, and featuring Jankovic's interpretations of pieces by famous composers such as Albeniz, Torrobba, Pipo, Piazzolla, and Ponce. Commenting on this release, Serbian Studies, USA published, "Jankovic's interpretation points to his interest in presenting the inherent beauty of the musical phrase with great care... His interpretation testifies to his artistic maturity and dedication to the essence of the musical content of the works on this CD." In 2002, Jankovic released his "Bogdanovic, Brouwer, Dyens" CD featuring works by the most prominent and played classical guitar composers living today. Luis Zea, a well-known composer and guitar player from Venezuela, perhaps best captured the essence of Jankovic's style by exclaiming, "He is a natural poet!"
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