Biography

Celebrated for her brilliant qualities as a first class cellist, Xenia Jankovic carries out a worldwide career as soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.

Born into a family of Serbian and Russian musicians, Xenia debuted with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra at age nine. From the beginning of her career, her teachers of most important influence were Mstislav Rostropovich, Pierre Fournier, André Navara, György Sebök and Sándor Végh.

The public and critics alike have enthusiastically acclaimed Jankovic’s recitals in world famous concert halls as well as her concerts as soloist with orchestras such as The London Philharmonic, Budapest Philharmonic, Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestras and the Madrid Radio, RSO Berlin and Copenhagen Radio Orchestras. She has recorded as soloist for PGP, CPO, Saphir and most recently, in 2015, she recorded the Bach Cello Suites for “Melism” in France. In 2017 she released her CD recordings of the two Haydn Cello Concertos and the Brahms Sonatas with Indésens and Calliope Records. Her next upcoming CD release will be the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations with Hammerklavier.

Xenia continues to inspire many composers to write music for her instrument. She has premiered many works by Serbian composers in particular, and has recorded and worked on editions of the pieces written for her.

Xenia Jankovic is a member of the Hamlet Piano Trio, who saw the release of Beethoven’s Op. 70 & 121 piano trios with Channel Classics in 2017. In 2015 they released the two Mendelssohn piano trios with the same label, and had their USA debut. She is also cellist of the Uriel Quartet, whose focus is on the works of Beethoven and Bartók. The quartets homage is to the great musician Sándor Végh, who was of crucial importance to the musical inspiration of all four members.

In recent times, Jankovic has found a great interest in revisiting repertoire from earlier years, working profoundly on cycles from one composer in many settings. Returning for example to all Beethoven or Mendelssohn works (including sonatas, trios and quartets). Exploring works that she has performed regularly in her career has led her to a different approach to performance. This includes playing on old and modern instruments, with and without gut strings, using baroque, classical and modern bows and playing together with period instruments, such as Pianoforte ranging from early to mid 19th century, especially fitting to Beethoven, Schubert or Mendelssohn.

Xenia Jankovic is a passionate teacher, and has been Professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold since 2004. She was a professor in Würzburg from 1989-2004, at the Music Academy in Belgrade from 1989-91 and at the Music Academy in Zagreb from 1985-1989.

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