FLORENCE – Guitarist Petar Jankovic will perform in concert at Francis Marion University as part of the university’s Artist Series, Thursday, March 27.
The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Jankovic, a native of Yugoslavia, began his guitar studies at age eight. He later earned a degree in classical guitar from the renowned Music Academy in Belgrade in Yugoslavia. While there, 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 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 master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Music, and in the mid-90s, the Indiana University 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 is a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Music.
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.
In 2002, Jankovic released his "Bogdanovic, Brouwer, Dyens" CD featuring works by the most prominent and played classical guitar composers living today.
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