Jan Vogler – World Renowned Cellist
As Prizewinner and youngest Finalist of the 2nd International Queen Elisabeth Competition, Petar Pejčić proves to be one of the most promising artists of his generation. “A wonderful musician with a compelling sense of storytelling” (Le Soir).
Born into a musical family in 2002, he received his first cello lessons at the age of four. After his musical beginnings in Belgrade, he moved to Germany in 2017 to continue his education at the University of Music and Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig with Prof. Peter Bruns.
He won prizes at numerous international competitions, such as the Pablo Casals Competition (Second Prize), Anna Kull Competition (Second Prize) and Felix Mendelssohn Competition (Third Prize). Other prizes and awards: “ArtLink Société Générale – Most Promising Young Musician for 2018’’; Alexander Glazunov Competition; Liezen Competition; Heran Competition as well as being First and Special Prize winner at the Serbian State Competition (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016).
At the age of nine Petar made his solo concert debut in Belgrade, after which he gave several concerts and recitals in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Russia, the USA etc.
As a soloist he has performed with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Graz Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, BKO Ljubica Marić, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Orchestra Stanislav Binički, Styriarte Festival Orchestra and many others.
He was a participant in master classes with David Geringas, Frans Helmerson, Ivan Monighetti, Josef Schwab, István Várdai, Jan Vogler, and has received important musical impulses from Mischa Maisky and Wen-Sinn Yang, among others.
Since 2015 Petar has been regularly partaking in the ,,Meisterschüler-Meister’’ masterclasses in Neuhardenberg (Germany) as well as the Moritzburg Festival Academy. As a chamber musician, he has performed with well-known artists such as Friedemann Eichhorn, Mira Wang, Pauline Sachse, Florian Uhlig and Antti Siirala.
Out of great passion to broaden his musical horizons came the special collaboration with the choreographer Jacopo Godani and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. The resulting works – “BACH OFF!” as well as “Premonitions of a Larger Plan”, show a new perspective on the relationship between musicians and dancers.
In 2020 he assumed the role of ambassador for the Pablo Casals Foundation. He is a scholarship holder of the International Music Academy in Liechtenstein, the Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now Foundation, the Freunde Junger Musiker Foundation and the Dr. Hübner Foundation. In 2021 he received the Günter Henle-Scholarship of the Peter Klöckner-Foundation (in the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben).
As the winner of the 2021 Martin Stadtfeld Prize, he recorded his first CD entitled “Intima poetica”, which was published by the Freunde Junger Musiker Foundation.
Petar plays a cello made by Stephan von Baehr (2012, Paris), on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.