ĐURO PETE (Serbia) completed elementary and high school of music in Osijek (Croatia) in the studio of Vjekoslav Burić. He embarked on his undergraduate studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Serbia) in 1980 in the studio of Mihajlo Kelbli, graduating in 1984, and his master’s studies at the same institution under Nikola Srdić. He has taken part in master classes led by M. Arignon, J. Kotar and M. Bekavac, Z. Szatmari, B. Kovacs and W. Fuchs. As a student he won a number of prizes at clarinet competitions including the Second Prize at the Young Performing Artists of Yugoslavia Competition (Zagreb, Croatia, 1983), First Prize at the Vojvodina Province Students Competition (Novi Sad, Serbia 1981), First Prize at the State Competition of the (former) Yugoslavia (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1981), and First Prize at the Youth Festival (Knjaževac, Serbia). He has given numerous solo recitals and has performed as a soloist with the Pecs Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary), the Vojvodina Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Academy of Arts Chamber Orchestra. He served for a time as a clarinetist in the Orchestra of the Croatian National Theater in Osijek. He has made numerous recordings for radio and television stations in former Yugoslavia, and recorded a CD called “Classical music for children”.
He began his career as a pedagogue at Music School Josip Slavenski in Novi Sad, and since 1987 has been employed full time at Isidor Bajić Music School. His students have won several dozen first prizes at national and international competitions and festivals, including first prizes and laureate titles at almost all of the clarinet competitions in Serbia. He regularly takes part in master classes, in the mountain Gucevo as a professor.
The seminar brings together clarinetists of all ages, mainly from the region. He has served as an adjudicator and the president of the jury at the State Competition of Serbia, the Competition for Woodwind Instruments accros the country. He has organized a number of young clarinet players’ concerts throughout Voyvodina, with the aim of promoting and popularizing clarinet and classical music. He was awarded an Annual Prize by the Union of the Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia in 2010 for his pedagogical achievements. He maintains professional relationships with colleagues throughout Europe and the USA.