Petar Jankovic is associate professor of music in guitar at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He began his guitar studies at age eight in Serbia, where he later earned a degree in classical guitar from the renowned Belgrade Music Academy. While in Serbia, he won two gold medals, a silver medal, and two bronze medals at the National Music Competition. At age 16, he delivered his first professional performance, and by age 20, the Community College in Belgrade invited him 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 Jacobs School of Music, and in the mid-90s, the school invited him to pursue an Artist Diploma under the guidance of Ernesto Bitetti. Still dedicated to sharing his talent through both performing and teaching, Jankovic developed a guitar program at Franklin College (Ind.) in 1997 and taught at the University of Indianapolis Music Department from 1999 to 2006.
A rising star among the world’s top musicians, he has never stopped 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 his interpretations of pieces by composers such as Albeniz, Torrobba, Pipo, Piazzolla, and Ponce. The North American Society for Serbian Studies said, “Jankovic’s interpretation points to his interest in presenting the inherent beauty of the musical phrase with great care. . . . His interpretation testifies to his artistic maturity and dedication to the essence of the musical content of the works on this CD.”
In 2002, Jankovic released his Bogdanovic, Brouwer, and Dyens CD, featuring works by the most prominent and played classical guitar composers living today. Luis Zea, a well-known composer and guitar player from Venezuela, perhaps best captured the essence of Jankovic’s style by exclaiming, “He is a natural poet!”
For Jankovic’s 2007 Leyenda CD release, GuitarInternational.com said, “Jankovic has a character to his playing that is reminiscent of artists like Segovia or Bream. He performs as if he is conducting an orchestra, bringing every performance to life with his incredible dynamic palette and knowledge of the instrument and its repertoire.”
And Steve Marsh from London’s Classical Guitar Magazine concluded his review of Leyenda with “Everything is top quality. This player managed to infuse some of these war-horses with new vigor and outlook. All together a very enjoyable and rewarding new release.”
Jankovic has released five albums, the most recent two with string quartet and guitar ensemble.
As a performer at major competitions around the globe, Jankovic’s universally evocative sound has won high regard with the world’s classical music community, and as a result, he has garnered numerous prestigious awards, including a bronze medal at the H. R. H. Princess Cristina 13th International Guitar Competition in Madrid (Spain); first prize at the First Annual Competition in Performance of Hispano-American music, Bloomington (Ind.); a bronze medal at the M. M. Ponce international guitar competition in 1998 in Mexico City (Mexico); 1997 Graduate Top Strings Award, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale (the first guitarist to win this award), and others.
The most appealing characteristic about Jankovic’s style is his genuine, expressive interpretation of any given composition. More than a classical guitar player, he is a person with the gift of communicating honest emotions of the human experience. His expressive performances and a technical mastery found only among the world’s top musicians make it easy to understand why he has received overwhelming international acclaim. From the latest review at GuitarInternational.com: “Petar Jankovic is one of the finest soloists on the scene today, and he possesses a unique, artistic, and highly expressive style.”
Since his first professional performance in 1985, he has delighted audiences at recitals and enlightened students in master classes throughout the United States and Europe, touring both regularly, and will be touring Taiwan in November 2015. He has developed a community guitar outreach program in Serbia, currently serving 19 major cities.
Daniel Duarte is lecturer in music in guitar at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He is an active guitarist, arranger, conductor and lecturer who has collected prizes in several guitar and chamber music competitions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Duarte is also a multi-instrumentalist who performs on different types of guitars and as a flutist.
Duarte's primary studies were with guitarist Henrique Pinto, followed by William Buonocore, Eliot Fisk and Ernesto Bitetti. He earned his D.M. at Indiana University while focusing his academic research on the topic of Multiculturalism and Guitar Music. During his doctoral studies, Duarte had his research supported by the Presser Foundation as a recipient of the outstanding graduate music student award. His academic work also lead Marshall University to award him the Joan C. Edwards Distinguished Professor of Arts award.
At IU, he is the founder and director of the Guitar Ensemble, formed by twelve undergraduate and graduate students, performing fundamental repertoire related to the classical guitar tradition and various other styles while featuring original works and arrangement written specifically for the ensemble. Duarte also directs the IU All Campus Guitar Ensemble and teaches general education lectures that cover broad historical subjects related to music and guitar. At the Jacobs School of Music, he has also collaborated as director of ensembles of the Latin American Music Center.
As a touring artist, Duarte is currently presenting concerts with fellow guitarist and IU faculty member Petar Jankovic. As a guitar duo, Petar and Daniel have had dozens of appearances since 2016, reaching audiences throughout the United States and abroad while featuring a modern approach to the classical guitar repertoire during concerts and master classes.
Grace Elmer is an associate instructor of guitar at the Jacobs School of Music, pursuing a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance under the instruction of Petar Jankovic. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in guitar at Jacobs under the tutelage of Ernesto Bitetti and Petar Jankovic. Grace is the founder and President of the IU Guitar Club and a member of the Jacobs Guitar Ensemble. She currently plays a 1984 Kohno guitar.
Mihailo Dasic is a first-year master’s student and recipient of a merit-based scholarship at the IU Jacobs School of Music, where he is currently pursuing an M.M. in classical guitar under the instruction of Professor Petar Jankovic. Mihailo completed his bachelor’s and master’s studies at the Faculty of Arts Nis, Serbia, as a two-time valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA. During his studies, he has attended masterclasses and lectures given by over 20 world-renowned guitarists and composers, some of whom include Dusan Bogdanovic, Joaquin Clerch, Marco Tamayo, and Jorge Caballero. At IU, Mihailo is also a member of the Jacobs Guitar Ensemble, led by Professor Daniel Duarte.