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 Rostropovich, Fournier, Navara, Sebök and 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 great orchestras. These have included the London, Budapest, Ljubljana Philharmonic Orchestras and the Madrid, 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. Her upcoming recording projects will be the Haydn Cello Concertos and the Beethoven Sonatas with Pianoforte.

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 the two Mendelssohn piano trios for Channel Classics in 2015, as well as their debut in the USA. 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 other chamber music, she plays among others with Andras Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Isabelle Faust, Helene Grimaud and Heinz Holliger.  Since the age of 20, she has been regularly invited to chamber music festivals including Lockenhaus, Kuhmo and Prussia Cove and is since 2010 the Artistic Director of Chamber Music at Musikdorf Ernen.

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) with different colours and sounds, is a current passion. Exploring works that she has performed regularly in her career has led her to a different approach to performance – playing with gut strings, baroque bow and with different instruments, in particular with the Pianoforte from the early 19th century.

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 and in Zagreb from 1985-1989.