Petar Jankovic Ensemble
After many years of touring almost exclusively as a soloist, Petar Jankovic, international award-winning musician, professor at Indiana University JACOBS School of Music and leading guitarist of his generation broke new ground by initiating what has been called a truly unique chamber ensemble: string quartet led by guitar!
“PJE is a fantastic new group from Bloomington, Indiana!”
-APR’s Performance Today
After years of research and arrangement development, Jankovic and his team came up with this original and exciting chamber crossover combination. As an innovative, as well as a revolutionary idea, the guitarist’s Spanish and Latin American influences meld splendidly with the string quartet’s European musical traditions. Critics have hailed the PJE for breaking new ground and pushing the limits of the Chamber Music genre.
“Jankovic has broken new ground and pushed the limits with his ensemble… The PJE, which is a string quartet led by classical guitar is a brilliant new group on today’s chamber music scene, and they will no doubt be bringing the music to many new fans around the world.”
– Brad Conroy, music critic at GuitarInternational.com
The musicians in this US based international ensemble are highly-skilled professional artists whose brilliance and musical versatility are manifested through expressing the unique character of this new musical format. PJE covers a wide range of repertoire with idiomatic and expressive renditions: from traditional Spanish works by Albeniz and De Falla, to classical music jewels of Boccherini, Debussy and Shostakovich. Passionate Piazzolla tangos and rich Brazilian music forms of Gnattalli, Bellinati, are performed alongside new classical works by contemporary composers such as Phillip Glass, E. Bark, and Roland Dyens.
PJE has successfully toured US and Europe, received many great reviews. Selections from PJE’s LIVE concert tour were even broadcast three times in a singe year on famous American Public Media’s Performance Today show!
Glowing review in London based Classical Guitar Magazine!
“For over 20 years Serbian guitarist Petar Jankovic was primarily a soloist, but in 2009 he crossed into the world of chamber music and headlined the Petar Jankovic Ensemble, a group consisting of classical guitar and string quartet. This recording illustrates that it was a move in the right direction for here is an entertaining, interesting and uplifting program of familiar music given a new slant. Throughout, the group play in tight formation with a nice balance between performers and program is very well chosen with no ‘fillers-in’. A nice debut disc from all concerned!”