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 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.
Daniel is an active performer, arranger, conductor, and lecturer who has won several guitar and chamber music competitions in his native Brazil as well as in Europe and the United States. His academic and artistic recognitions include the Presser Foundation outstanding graduate music student award that supported his dissertation research and the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of Arts by Marshall University, among others.