Dejan Ivanovich was born in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1976, beginning his guitar studies at the age of eight. He studied with Pedrag Stankovic and Vojislav Ivanovic in the primary and secondary school of music, and with Darko Petrinjak at the Music Academy of Zagreb. He has participated in masterclasses with John Duarte, Thomas Muller- Pering, Elliot Fisk, Costas Cotsiolis, Valter Despalj (‘cello), Michael Steinkuhler (viola da gamba) and Igor Lesnik (percussion). He was supervised by Christopher Bochmann in his Doctoral Thesis at the University of Évora between 2011 and 2014.
His professional career began simultaneously with his superior studies (1994- 1998). He has taken part in some of the most prestigious music festivals such as the Spoleto Festival (personally invited by Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti for the position of resident performing artist), the Edinburgh Festival and the Festival of the Costa de Estoril, Gevelsburg Guitar Festival, Oporto-City of European Culture and Guitarra Viva in Croatia besides others. He has also taken part in various chamber music groups: with the flautist Vasco Gouveia, ‘cellist Jed Barahal, guitarist Masakazu Tokutake, soprano Ana Ester Neves, Lyra String Quartet, etc.
He is the winner of the first prize and special prize of the best interpretation of Spanish music in the 13th International Guitar Competition of Doña Infanta Cristina (Madrid, 1998), first prize in the 3rd International Competition of Sinaia (Romania, 1998), first prize in the 17th Certamen Guitar International Andrés Segovia (Herradura, 2001), first prize and audience prize in the 35th Certamen Guitar International Francisco Tárrega (Benicássim, 2001) and the first prize in the 4th International Competition of Crete (Arhanes, 2005).
Dejan collaborates on a regular basis with various orchestras such as the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie (Belgium), Orchestra of Benicássim (Spain), Chamber Orchestra of Slovakia, Symphony Orchestra of Vojvodina (Serbia), Filarmonía das Beiras, Orquestra Clássica do Centro (Coimbra) and Lisbon Metropolitan Orquestra (Portugal). In January 2016, he performed M.Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano Op.152 for mixed choir and guitar in Calouste Gulbenkian Concert Hall, together with the Gulbenkian Choir, under the direction of maestro Paulo Vassalo Lourenço.
His recitals in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia have received unanimous acclamation by critics and public alike. Various television and radio stations have broadcast and recorded his performances in countries as diverse as Sweden, Marocco, Japan, Romania, Croatia, Portugal, Belgium, Brasil, Spain and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Newspapers and magazines worldwide have reported on his performances.
His solo recordings on CD with NAXOS and other labels reflect his mastery in repertoire reflecting many epochs and styles, from early music to the most current composers in the guitar repertory, such as Rodney Bennett, Garcia-Abril, Mompou, Arnold, McPherson, Salvador, Castelnuovo- Tedesco, José, Domeniconi, Asencio and Rodrigo.
Since 2004 he has joined forces with the Greek guitarist Michalis Kontaxakis in the duo Kontaxakis – Ivanovich. Their first CD, recorded in Cologne and produced by Hubert Käppel, entitled Les Deux Amis, was released in 2010 by KSG EXAUDIO. In January 2016, the Duo was proudly announced as the new D’Addario Artists/Ambassadors, a part of D’Addario & Company sponsorship.
He recorded in 2013 Em Memória da Madrugada by the Russian/Portuguese composer Marina Pikoul with the Orquestra Clássica do Centro under the direction of David Wyn Lloyd.
C.Bochmann, T.Oliver, M.Pikoul, J.Madureira, J.Pereira, C.Gutkin and R.Abreu are some of the composers who have dedicated their music for Dejan.
He is professor of Guitar at the University of Évora in Portugal since 2007 and obtained his Doctorate there in March 2015 in Music/Musicology.
Dejan plays the guitar made by Alkis Efthimiadis.