posted January 5, 2010

Classical Guitarist Petar Jankovic to Perform on Jan. 14

 International award-winning classical guitarist Petar Jankovic will perform at Hope College on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre in downtown Holland.

As a performer at major competitions around the globe, Jankovic has won high regard with the world's classical music community and garnered numerous prestigious awards.

Jankovic began his guitar studies at age eight in his native Serbia, where he later earned a degree in classical guitar from the renowned MusicAcademy 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.

He went on to earn a master's degree from the Indiana University School of Music, and in the mid 1990s the I.U.JacobsSchool of Music invited him 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 lives in Indiana and is a professor at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington.

His recordings have also been praised, and his most recent release, "Leyenda," was favorably reviewed in "Classical Guitar Magazine" this past December. "Jankovic shows his highly developed technical and musical skills... Everything is top quality... All together a very enjoyable and rewarding new release!"

Tickets for the performance are on sale at the ticket office in the main lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse, and cost $12 for regular admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $6 for Hope students and children 18 and under. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.

More information about Jankovic can be found online at www.petarjankovic.net. The concert is sponsored by the college's department of music, cultural affairs committee, and events and conferences office.

The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets.  The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St.