WBU welcomes classical guitarist to performance hall

Release Date: February 22, 2008

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University welcomes classical guitarist Petar Jankovic for a world-class performance at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in the Harral Fine Arts Center Miller Recital Hall. Jankovic will also conduct a master level class from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about classical guitar.

Jankovic, a faculty member at the Indiana University School of Music, has won international acclaim and numerous awards throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and the Far East for his work with classical guitar.

“The opportunity to bring in an artist of Petar’s caliber is incredibly exciting,” said WBU Division of Fine Arts Co-Chair Dr. Ann Stutes. “We have several outstanding classical guitar students at Wayland who will cherish the opportunity to work with this guest artist.”

Jankovic began studying music as an 8-year-old in his native Yugoslavia, where he later earned a degree in classical guitar from the renowned Music Academy in Belgrade. While in Yugoslavia, 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 him to begin teaching classical guitar.

Jankovic went on to earn a master’s degree and an Artist Diploma Degree from the Indiana University School of Music. Jankovic developed a guitar program at Franklin College in Indiana then later returned to the IU School of Music as a professor.

Along with his teaching, Jankovic plays more than 50 concerts per season and will soon release his third CD. In 1998, his first release “romantico” explored the sounds of the romantic Spanish and Latino-American world. His second release “Bogdanovic, Brouwer, Dyens” featured works by the most prominent and played classical guitar composers living today. His style has been described as poetry through which Jankovic translates music into emotion. His Web site, www.petarjankovic.net features video performances and samples of his music.

Admission to the recital and the master class is free and open to the public.