New releases, reviews, important events, etc...

Feb

23/
2015

Classical Ear review

Classical guitarist Petar Jankovic has combined his six strings with those of a traditional string quartet and the result is a chamber ensemble full of expressive possibilities: their first album showcased Spanish and Latin American music, but here the possibilities are more fully realised in a bolder choice of repertoire. Composer/arranger Elliott Bark is the key: his reworkings of three Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues achieve a clever balance of strings amid the contrapuntal lines; while in his version of Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite the guitar is all the more effective for its occasionally restrained accompanying role (in ‘Jimbo’s Lullaby’, for

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Jan

20/
2015

New CD “(Com)Passionate” rave review!

GuitarInternational.com By: Brad Conroy The Petar Jankovic Ensemble (PJE) is no stranger to the pages of Guitar International, and has recently released a follow up to their highly acclaimed debut, From Spain to Tango. (Com)Passionate, the sophomore effort by PJE is a masterful recording which features a new dynamic, atmosphere, and more mature context for the group. (Com)Passionate showcases the PJE within a true chamber music setting, a role that has rarely ever been achieved on the classical guitar. The repertoire on this recording goes far beyond what has been for so long associated with the classical guitar, and the

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Nov

12/
2014

(Com)Passionate Music receives award!

We are so happy and honored to share that Elliot Bark’s (Com)Passionate Music for Guitar and String Quartet (commissioned and recorded by Petar Jankovic Ensemble) received 2014 Korean National Composer Prize! This is one of the most prestigious composition awards for Korean composers! It’s a 12 min complex and very engaging new work. The first movement is full of raw energy and passion bursting with tension throughout. And then just when it reaches it’s peak it resolves in a gorgeous second part full of warmth and love making sense of all the motives and materials previously exposed. In Elliott’s own

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Dec

21/
2013

New members

PJE welcomes new members! Maria Storm (violin), Azusa Tashiro (violin) and Amanda Grimm (viola) joined the group in the Fall 2013. All three new members are brilliant and experienced chamber musicians from Chicago area and together with current members Kyra Saltman (cello), Elliott Bark (composer in residence) and Petar Jankovic (guitar) will embark on numerous exciting new projects:  2014 tour in Bahamas, concerts in the US, recording the new CD, and 2015 tour in China! The new CD will feature works by Debussy, Shostakovich, Elliott Bark and Phillip Houghton! Stay tuned!


Mar

17/
2013

Most recent presenter’s quotes

“This ensemble is a unique blend of string timbres, taking a page from the piano quintet of the Romantic era with guitar replacing the stronger presence of the piano…which is a positive change. The guitar tone complements the string timbres producing unique sonic possibilities. They were overwhelming to hear with technical virtuosity and immense passion. I expect we will soon be hearing and seeing this group on the world stage. Thanks for bringing your music to Hill College and Central Texas.” — Professor Larry McCord, Hill College, TX   “Petar, you and your ensemble are such wonderful musicians and great

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Feb

19/
2013

Lincoln Journal Star: concert review

Although nobody in the Petar Jankovic Ensemble hails from the Latin world, their sensuous tangos and impassioned flamencos beautifully disguised that fact during a two-hour set Sunday afternoon for the Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music. Jankovic, a guitarist and native of Serbia, navigated his four stringed amigos — or, in this case, amigas– through convincing musical stopovers in Spain, Brazil and Argentina. As the quintet took the stage in Abbott Auditorium, the crowd of about 150 warmly applauded their arrival. Drawing first on Spanish influences, the ensemble performed two Manuel de Falla compositions: “La Vida Breve” and “El Amor Brujo.”

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Jan

29/
2013

Interview for NPR station in Charleston, IL

Here is an interview I gave for NPR station announcing our concert in Charleston, IL two weeks ago. Talking about life as teacher, performer and of course about ensemble and how it came about. They played several selections from our CD, so you can listen and enjoy: http://will.illinois.edu/liveandlocal/program/wednesday-january-16-2013/


Oct

12/
2012

Glowing review in London based Classical Guitar Magazine!

Classical Guitar, October 2012 issue: “For over 20 years Serbian guitarist Petar Jankovic was primarily a soloist, but in  2009 he crossed into the world of chamber music and headlined the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a group consisting of classical guitar and string quartet. This recording illustrates that it was a move in the right direction for here is an entertaining, interesting and uplifting program of familiar music given a new slant. Throughout, the group play in tight formation with a nice balance between performers and program is very well chosen with no ‘fillers-in’. a nice debut disc from all concerned!”


Jun

08/
2012

PJE – NPR’s PERFORMANCE TODAY BROADCAST NOTICE

Petar Jankovic Ensemble on NPR’s Performance Today this week! On Monday, June 11th, the NPR’s Performance Today will broadcast a selection from Petar Jankovic Ensemble concert played on March 31, 2012 in Auer Hall at IU Jacobs School of Music. Tune in to your local NPR station to hear Petar Jankovic Ensemble perform Dyens’s Fuoco! American Public Media’s Performance Today is broadcast on 260 public radio stations across the country and is heard by about 1.3 million people each week.  Each station individually decides what time to air the program.  To find out where and when Performance Today is broadcast in your area, please visit http://performancetoday.org/stations.

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Apr

05/
2012

RAVE REVIEW from our European tour

After the concert in Belgrade, Serbia Zorica Kojic, music critic from Daily News Paper “Danas” had this to say about our concert: “Classical guitarist Petar Jankovic and his four ensemble members (string quartet from Jacobs School of Music), are well-tuned ensemble, in a strong all-around instrumental voices and sensibilities, perfectly aligned in the noble musical  and enjoyable repertoire from De Falla’s works over to Brazilian pieces, and ending with especially flavored interpretations of Astor Piazzolla.  Fresh and magnificent Jankovic’s guitar tones, in perfect harmony with his ensemble mates and particularly impressive cellist Martinez among others, indeed are spreading perfumes  and audio backgrounds of all the continents, coloring and shading with their sound and interpretation depths.”


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