Petar Jankovic Ensemble on “Performance Today”

Jankovic EnsembleThe Petar Jankovic Ensemble’s March 2012 Auer Hall performance of Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve (Danse Espagnole) was recently featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today  program.

Click here to listen to the April 1, 2014, broadcast.

Performance Today is broadcast on 260 public radio stations across the country and is heard by approximately 1.3 million people each week. Each station, including Bloomington’s WFIU, individually decides what time to air the program.

To find out where and when Performance Today is broadcast in your area, click here.

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Mihajlo Djordjevic wins 4th place in Guitar Competition

guitar guyCongratulations to guitar student Mihajlo Djordjevic (student of Petar Jankovic) on winning the 4th place at the 15th Guitar Competition & Symposium at Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, GA! Mihajlo competed among 66 competitors in in the open Collegiate/Professional Division from all over the US. The 15th Guitar Competition & Symposium was held at Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, in Columbus, GA

 

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Matthew Smith (BM ’09, MM ’11) awarded Individual Artist Fellowship from The State of Delaware Division of the Arts

Matthew SmithJacobs School of Music alumnus, Matthew Smith, has been awarded a 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship from The State of Delaware Division of the Arts in the emerging artist category.

During his tenure at Indiana University,  Matthew studied under Ernesto Bitetti and Petar Jankovic. He was also an Associate Instructor for beginning guitar.

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Alan Thomas (MM, ’94) appointed Professor at University of York and University of Loughborough

Alan ThomasAlan Thomas (MM, ’94) has been appointed as Professor at University of York, England and the University of Loughborough, England. An alumnus of the Jacobs School of  Music, Thomas earned his masters of music in guitar and studied under Ernesto Bitetti.

More information: http://www.alanthomas-guitar.com/index.html

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Guitar Festival winners announced

Mexican guitarist Misael Barraza Diaz was announced as the winner of the Open Division at the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition, which was held Oct. 26 and 27.

Mexican guitarist Misael Barraza Diaz was announced as the winner of the Open Division at the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition, which was held Oct. 26 and 27.

By Janica Kaneshir

Competitors from all over the world converged in Bloomington in late October to compete in the Indiana International Guitar Festival and Competition, and on Nov. 25, the winners were announced.

Misael Barraza Diaz of Mexico took first place in Open Division, for which 16 artists competed. He played “Sonata, for guitar” by Alberto Ginastera and “Viraclones sobre un Tema de Sor” by Miguel Llobet.

According to a review of the 2013 competition on the festival’s official website, Diaz “played with an emotional palette and infectious conviction.”

The website also noted his music “coaxed the audience into a state of empathy with his musical statements, as well as a state of awe at his technical prowess.”

The Open and Senior Youth divisions had monetary prizes which ranged from $100 to $1,700. In the Open Division, Jeremy Collins of the United States, Bin Hu of China and Ye Eun Lee of South Korea took second, third and fourth place, respectively.

In the Senior Youth division, Agustus Woodrow-Tomizuka took first place.
In the Junior Youth division, Kairey Wang placed first.

The festival is relatively young, as this is just its fourth year of existence. However, it has attracted some of the top guitarists from countries all over the world, such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, South Korea, Vietnam and Bulgaria.

The panel of judges consisted of Jacobs School of Music faculty members Maestro Bittetti, Luke Gillespie, Petar Jankovic, Elzbieta Szmyt, Atanas Tzvetkov and Elisabeth Wright, as well as guest guitarist Matt Palmer.

“The experience at the festival was great,” Diaz said in an interview in a Jacobs School of Music press release. “Bloomington is a very special place, and I think having a guitar festival there was a great idea. Lots of great guitarists and artists were there, and I think everybody got to meet new people and make new friends throughout it.”

 

© Indiana Daily Student 2013

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Nemanja Ostojic wins his sixteenth first prize in international competitions

Nemanja OstojicOstoichNemanja Ostojic recently won the inaugural Wilson Center Guitar Competition in Brookfield, Wis., hosted by the Sharron Lynne Wilson Center for Performing Arts.

The preliminary round of this international competition required applicants to submit the compulsory pieces via YouTube. The judges then selected 18 semifinalists to travel to Brookfield and compete in the remaining two stages, August 15 and 17.

Ostojic unanimously won first prize: $3,000 cash prize and a featured solo performance during the Wilson Center’s 2013-14 season.

Among other highlights, Ostojic has performed as the opening act for Daryl Stuermer’s (guitarist of the progressive-rock band Genesis/Phil Collins) open-air concert  on August 17.  This was a unique experience for a classical guitarist to perform in an open-air venue before a very large crowd.

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Duo46 featured in “Classical Guitar” magazine

Duo46

Violinist Beth Ilana Schneider-Gould and her husband guitarist Matt Gould, also known as Duo46, are the cover story feature of Classical Guitar magazine’s July 2013 issue. Schneider-Gould earned her Bachelor of Music from Indiana University in 1993, studying under Nelli Shkolnikova.

An international touring ensemble now based in Sudbury, Ontario, their repertoire emphasis is on new classical contemporary music. They have commissioned over 100 duets, trios and double concertos with orchestra. Currently, Duo46 is on the music faculty of Cambrian College and the annual summer music festival soundSCAPE in Maccagno, Italy.

 

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MIhajlo Djordjvic wins 4th place at at Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition

mihajloCongratulations to guitar student freshman Mihajlo Djordjevic (student of Petar Jankovic) on winning the 4th place at Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition 2013! MIhajlo competed in in the open category (no age limit ) and was by far the youngest of the four finalist this year! Appalachian GuitarFest Solo Guitar Competition was held at Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music.

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Mihajlo Djordjevic wins Donald Neal Memorial Award

Congratulations to guitarist Mihajlo Djordjevic (student of Petar Jankovic) for winning Donald Neal Memorial Award  in the Bloomington Chapter of the 2013 National Society of Arts and Letters instrumental competitions  held at the Jacobs School of Music.

The Bloomington Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters was founded in 1966 by professionals and patrons representing both Indiana University and the south-central Indiana region. Since its founding, the chapter has awarded more than $500,000 to emerging young artists preparing for professional careers. Annual competitions in the arts are judged by active professionals in the visual arts, dance, drama, literature, music and musical theatre. Many Bloomington award winners have gone on to distinguished national and international careers

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Petar Jankovic develops Creative Guitar Course in Eastern Europe

Guitar faculty member Petar Jankovic was invited by Guitar Art Festival and Guitar Association in Serbia, prestigious guitar organizations in Southeast Europe, to develop a guitar elective community program titled “Creative Guitar Course.” During 2012, Jankovic traveled to Serbia on several occasions to provide the full curriculum, model of instruction, teacher training, and to help develop a business plan for the project. As a result, more than 100 community members in  Belgrade, the Serbian capital, have successfully finished the first level of this course.

The program is currently being expanded to five additional cities in Eastern Serbia: Bor, Majdampek, Zajecar, Knjazevac, and Negotin.  Creative Guitar Course is supported by the United States Embassy in Serbia.

Photo by Lydia Umlauf

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