“Jankovic is musician of strong artistic personality capable of extraordinary musica achivements!”
-Politika, Belgrade, Serbia (EU)
Petar Jankovic is an artist who masterfully translates music into emotion. He connects with audiences, and whether they have heard him play one time or one hundred times, they find themselves moved.
Jankovic began his guitar studies at age 8 in his native Serbia where he later earned a degree in classical guitar from the renowned Music Academy in Belgrade. While in Serbia, 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. Jacobs 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 and taught at University of Indianapolis Music Department from 1999-2006. 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 in US 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!”
For Jankovic’s 2007 “Leyenda” CD release critic at renown GuitarInternational.com guitar website had this to say:
“Jankovic has a character to his playing that is reminiscent of artists like Segovia or Bream. He performs as if he is conducting an orchestra, bringing every performance to life with his incredible dynamic palette and knowledge of the instrument and its repertoire.”
And Steve Marsh at the famous Classical Guitar Magazine from London concluded his review of Petar’s “Leyenda” CD with the following words:
“Everything is top quality. This player managing to infuse some of these war-horses with new vigor and outlook. All together a very enjoyable and rewarding new release.”
As a performer at major competitions around the globe, Jankovic’s universally evocative sound has won high regard with the world’s classical music community, and as a result, he has garnered numerous prestigious awards (Bronze medal at the H.R.H. Princess Cristina 13th International Guitar Competition in Madrid (Spain); First Prize at the First Annual Competition in Performance of Hispano-American music, Bloomington (Indiana); Bronze medal at the M.M.Ponce International guitar competition in 1998 in Mexico City (Mexico); 1997 Graduate Top Strings Award, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale, first guitarist ever to win this award !; etc…).
The most appealing characteristic about Jankovic’s style is his genuine, expressive interpretation of any given composition. More than a classical guitar player, he is a person with the gift of communicating honest emotions of the human experience. His expressive performances and a technical mastery found only among the world’s top musicians make it easy to understand why Jankovic has received overwhelming international acclaim. From the latest review at GuitarInternational.com:
“Serbian classical guitarist Petar Jankovic is one of the finest soloists on the scene today, and he posse’s a unique, artistic, and a highly expressive style.”
Since his first professional performance in 1985, Jankovic has delighted audiences at recitals and enlightened students in his master classes throughout both Europe and the United States.
“Jankovic’s recital was a stunning guitar performance charged with extraordinary artistic energy. The concert revealed unique performing qualities of this outstanding soloist-his interpretations were characterized by musically powerful performing abilities, refined and spontaneous expressiveness, as well as a full-bodied, rich, and brilliant sound, which kept the audience spellbound!”
-Borislav Holzman, music critic at Dnevnik, Novi Sad, Serbia