Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Stevan Jović was born in Šabac, Serbia. He grew up in a family of musicians, and was surrounded by guitars which his father and uncles played. During this period Stevan was studying and playing classical music while still absorbing various musical styles including traditional Balkan folklore and Romani musical tradition.

Stevan started playing classical guitar at age 9. He finished Music Elementary and Music High School Mihailo Vukdragović in Šabac in the studio of prof. Marko Erdevički and prof. Nenad Kondić. He graduated from the Academy of Arts, University of Novi Sad in Serbia in the class of professor Zoran Krajišnik. He received the Little Prince award as the best student of his generation. He completed his Masters and Performer Diploma in the United States at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in the studio of maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Stevan received awards at many National and International Guitar Competitions including first prizes in Serbia, Slovenia, France and North America. In the United States he invented Practice-Right, a guitar teaching tool for proper right-hand posture.   

Stevan composes and writes arrangements. His recent publications through Les Productions d’OZ include Balkan Capriccio, Variations on an Irish theme, and an arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G-minor, op. 23 No. 5. He performs as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Recent concerts include a performance of Tedesco’s guitar Concerto at Vojvodina Guitar Fest at the City Hall of Novi Sad, solo recitals at the VArt Guitar Festival, Classic Art Festival in Šabac and the President’s Palace in Valletta (Malta), a concert at the String Festival Šabac with violinist Robert Lakatoš, a concert with the NS Guitar Quartet at the City Hall of Novi Sad, and duo concert on 19th century guitars with Marko Erdevički at Håkonshall in Bergren (Norway).

Stevan is one of the founders of Classic Art Guitar Festival in Šabac, Serbia.  He teaches at the national Music High School Mihailo Vukdragović in Šabac and at the private Music School Music Atelier in Novi Sad. Stevan and his wife Evita are authors of the book Guitar Through the Centuries, which was chosen as the Book of the Year for 2017 by the classical music magazine Muzika Klasika.

AWARDS AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITIONS

– First Prize, college division – International Competition ” Indianapolis Matinee Musicale”, (USA, 2010)

– First Prize, no age limit category – International Competition ” Festival ille de Re”, (France, 2009)

– First Prize, no age limit category – International Competition ” Guitar Festival Murska Sobota”, (Slovenia, 2008)

– Third Prize, college division ‑ International Competition ” Music Academy of North Carolina”, (USA, 2009)

– Third Prize, category up to 35 years of age – International Competition ” Guitar Art Festival in Belgrade”, (Serbia, 2008)

– Second Prize, college division – International Competition ” Guitar Fest Banja Luka”, (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2007)

– First Prize, high school division – National Competition “ Music School of Šabac competition”, (Serbia, 2005)

– First Prize, high school division – National Competition “ Spring Festival Leskovac”, (Serbia, 2003)

– Second Prize, high school division – National Competition “ Competition of Music and Ballet schools of Serbia”, (Serbia, 2002)

ACADEMIC AWARDS, RECOGNITIONS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

– Honorary Award from the City of Sabac Cultural Center for contribution of artistry. (2013)

– First Prize for invention Practice-Right – Innovations Developed for Entrepreneurial Action, “Kelley School of Business IDEA 2012 Competition”, (USA, 2012)

– Honorary Member of the Hoosier Hatchery – IU Innovation Center at Indiana University. (2012)

– Ilknur P. Ralston Memorial Award – NSAL Instrumental Competition for all instruments, Indiana University – Jacobs School of Music, (USA, 2011)

– Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Graduate Assistantship. (2009-2011)

– Award “The Little Prince”. By unanimous decision of all departments of the Faculty of Music – Academy of Arts, Stevan was voted the best student of the generation and received an award for extraordinary artistic achievements from the Switzerland foundation. (2009)

– The Foundation for Young Talents of Republic of Serbia granted him with a scholarship “The best student of the academic year 2008/2009” – for extraordinary results achieved throughout his studies. (2009)

– University of Novi Sad honored him with the Outstanding Achievement Award. (2008)

– Guitar Society of Bačka Palanka (Municipality of the city of Novi Sad) honored him with the Contribution Award for helping the development of classical guitar in the community. (2008)

– Stevan participated at the renowned European festival in Germany – Junger Künstler Bayreuth (Young Artists Bayreuth), and was invited to work for the festival’s prestigious office – Künstlerisches Betriebsbüro (Artistic Administration). (2007)

– Award for extraordinary achievements in musical and cultural creativity from the municipality of the city of Šabac. (2007)

–  Outstanding Achievement Award recognizing him as one of the most prominent students at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. (2006)

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