Petar Jovanov was born in the town of Bitola, Macedonia. He migrated to Sydney, Australia at the age of seven. At eleven years of age he developed a passionate interest in music and learned to play the piano, and clarinet, upon which he started taking music lessons and was classically trained on the piano. During his secondary education he studied music, and discovered that he had a strong desire towards composition.

In 2005 he continued with his music studies at the Western Sydney University (WSU) Australia, where by he graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music honours degree.

In 2013 Jovanov represented Australia with his composition Strange Ways (2013) as young composer at the 31st Asian Composers League Festival which was held in Singapore. Also in 2013 he composed an original filmscore for the short film The Water Vessel (dir. Iqbal Barkat, 2013). This film was an official selection for the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

In 2014 Jovanov completed his post-graduate degree (Doctor of Creative Arts) at WSU under the guidance of his supervisors Dr. Bruce Crossman and Dr. Ian Stevenson. In addition, he has had private studies with David Gommper, Dorothy Hindman, Zae Munn, and Joshua Marquez.  His postgraduate research focuses on a Macedonian-Australian compositional voice that is made up through juxtapositions of traditional Hollywood film music conventions, and Macedonian Folk music techniques.

In 2016 Petar was accepted into the ‘Summer Composition Intensive Program’ at St Mary’s College – University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana. Also in 2016, he was awarded a four-week artist residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Centre for the Arts in Nebraska.

The composition Yearning (2015) for violin and cello, was selected by the London music label RMN Classical for inclusion in the upcoming 2017 release titled Contemporary Collection Vol. 4. Jovanov’s piece One Day in Bitola (2016) for orchestra, was also selected by ABLAZE Records to be recorded in June 2017 by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic. The composition will be featured on the album Orchestral Masters Volume 5.


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