Jure Cerkovnik (Slovenia, 1990) is a young Slovenian classical guitarist. He graduated in 2013 from Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna (Austria), where he studied in the class of prof. Alvaro Pierri. After master degree in 2015 he proceeded with his second master at Hochschule der Künste in Zürich in the class of prof. Anders Miolin. Since 2016 he has worked as an assistant at the same academy.
Jure participated on many national and international music competitions and won 17 first, second and special prizes.
He performed throughout Europe in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia. He participated on various festivals such as Forum Wien, Zagreb Guitar Festival, Zurich Guitar Days, Lucerne Guitar Festival, Vienna Guitar Festival, Postojna Guitar Week, Sarajevo International Guitar Festival, Acerra Guitar Meeting, where he regularly teaches on guitar masterclasses. In February 2017 he had his solo debut in renowned Konzerthaus in Vienna. Jure also performed in Arnold Schoenberg Centre Wien, Ehrbar Saal in Vienna, National theatre in Sarajevo, Slovenian Philharmony, castle Werdenberg.
Music critics on several occasions recognized the quality and value of his performances, on one occasion described as follows: “Cerkovnik showed that, although he is still young, he is capable of creating a profound, narrative interpretation of classical music inwrought with multitude of various emotions.” (Tomaž Gržeta, MMC)
Jure has also performed as a soloist with several orchestras, Symphonic orchestra Simfonika from Vrhnika (Slovenia), and Sarajevo philharmonic orchestra under the baton of Austrian conductor Ralph Kircher. Recently, he recorded his first CD Palettes, which was released in December 2017 under the Baros Records label featuring works of Ponce, Ourkouzounov, Rebay and Bogdanović.
His guitar repertoire is very diverse. He performs classical works of all periods from renaissance, baroque up until modern period of 20thcentury music, Spanish and Slovenian music. In the moment he includes also music of Balkan composers which is rhythmically and characteristically very interesting as well as great amount of chamber music in different formations.