Congratulations 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.
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
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
Congratulations to guitarist Luke Finney (DM candidate), who recently accepted a position on the guitar faculty: Visiting Instructor of Guitar – Sewanee: The University of the South,Tennessee
Mihajlo Djordjevic, guitar student of Petar Jankovic, won Second Prize at the 2013 Matinee Musicale competition in Indianapolis.
Congratulations to guitarist Matthew Smith (BM ’09, MM ’11), who recently accepted a position on the guitar faculty of The Music School of Delaware. It is the only community-based music school in the nation accredited by NASM. Smith has also started a private studio in Delaware.
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London-based Classical Guitar Magazine‘s October 2012 issue recently reviewed Petar Jankovic Ensemble’s new CD From Spain to Tango.
“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 me 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!”
PJE covers a wide range of repertoire with idiomatic and expressive renditions: from early music jewels of Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and Boccerini, to traditional Spanish works by Albeniz, De Falla, and Granados. Passionate Piazzolla tangos and rich Brazzilian music forms of Gnattalli, Bellinati, and Villa-Lobos are performed alongside exotic Balkan/Gypsy traditions and new classical works by contemporary composers such as Roland Dyens, Elliott Bark, Jonathan Godfrey.
The group is comprised of Sophie Bird (New Zealand) on Violin 1, Grace Kim (Korea/Canada) on Violin 2, Rose Wollman (USA) on Viola, Maria Martinez (Spain) on Cello, and Petar Jankovic (US/Serbia) on guitar. PJE’s concerts are well received across a wide audience spectrum – from traditional chamber music lovers to classical crossover enthusiasts and guitar fans.
For the third time in a year, a performance by the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, led by Jacobs faculty member, will be broadcast on American Public Media’s Performance Today – this time on Tuesday, October 9th, during the first hour of the show. The work featured is de Falla: La Vida Breve – Act II, No. 1, Danse espagnole, which was performed in Auer Hall on March 31, 2012.
The performance is described as follows on the show’s website: “It’s a very Spanish dance by a thoroughly Spanish composer. Manuel de Falla wrote this as part of an opera. The complete opera is rarely performed these days, but this dance has always been popular. We’ll hear a creative arrangement for guitar and strings, from a concert in Bloomington, Indiana. In the next hour of PT from APM. ”
Click here for WFIU Public Radio to listen to the program between 1 and 2pm to listen to the performance >
Guitar Foundation of America loves doctoral student Namenja Ostoich’s new CD “FIRST BORN” “… from the first note of this recording, one knows that the music is coming from and artist on the top of his game.” Read more about this new release here: http://nemanjaguitar.com/news
Jonathan Godfrey, DM student, was invited by Elliot Fisk to perform in June’s Boston Guitar Festival. Godfrey performed his piece that won last year’s first prize in Composition for Guitar Solo–over more than 60 worldwide entries.