Vojislav Ivanovic

Music of Vojislav Ivanovic, composer and guitarist, is one of astonishing diversity, ranging from contemporary classical and jazz thru fusion and rock to traditional music of the world.

Born in Sarajevo where he started playing guitar at the age of 10, Vojislav acquired highest academic degrees both in guitar at the Athens Conservatory with Costas Cotsiolis and in composition at the University of Sarajevo with Vojin Komadina.

From the early 1980s he performs regularly both home and abroad, solo and with orchestras including Trinity College Strings (UK), St. George Strings, Camerata Serbica and Macedonia Jeunesse Musicale Symphonic.

His diverse compositional output includes music for solo and accompanied instruments, choral, chamber and orchestral works. Distinguished guitarists such as Zoran Dukic and Denis Azabagic, as well as many other artists have performed his music extensively all over the globe and orchestras that have performed his music include New Russia Symphony – Yuri Bashmet, Zagreb Soloists, Vienna Pons Artis Orchestra and the Tijuana Festival Orchestra.

As a film composer Vojislav has several documentaries and feature films to his credit out of which “Halda” (1991) won prestigious “Prix d’Italia” award.

He has also recorded with some world renownd Jazz musicians: double-bass player Arild Andersen, saxophonist Bendik Hofseth, drummer Paul Vertico (ex Pat Metheny group) and trumpetist Paolo Fresu.

In 2008 he founded Levante Guitar Duo with his wife Aleksandra Ivanovic. who accompanies Vojislav in a program that includes works specially written for the Duo. They have appeared all over Europe and Ivanovic released their highly praised CD “Levantine Journey” (GAF 2011). Duo’s American debut is due with extensive tours throughout 2019/2020.

In addition to his performance tours, composing and recording, Vojislav Ivanovic is highly sought after for his teaching and master classes in composition and guitar and is a member of juries at international festivals and competitions.

The prestigious publishers Chanterelle Zimmerman and Doberman Yppan are publishing his music.

Besides his own releases various artists have released over 20 CDS world-wide that include his works.

Currently he is teaching guitar at the Music Academy of East Sarajevo. Vojislav is founder and director of the International Guitar Festival Guitar United held every year in Sarajevo East since 2016.

Vojislav plays Pavlos Gypas guitar, Hannabach Strings, Exclusive HT Set and travels with IKA Hard Case.