Petar Jovanov

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Oct 31, 2016 to Nov 25, 2016

Petar Jovanov was born in the city of Bitola in Macedonia, and migrated to Sydney Australia at the age of seven. At eleven years of age he developed a passionate interest in music and learnt 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 University of Western Sydney (UWS) 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 UWS under the guidance of his supervisors Dr. Bruce Crossman and Dr. Ian Stevenson. His postgraduate research focuses on a Macedonian-Australian compositional voice through a juxtaposition of traditional Hollywood film music conventions and Macedonian Folk music techniques.