The Croatian guitarist Dejan Ivanovich was born in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1976, beginning his guitar studies at the age of eight. He studied with Pedrag Stankovic and Vojislav Ivanovic in the primary and secondary school of music, and with Darko Petrinjak at the Music Academy of Zagreb. He has participated in masterclasses with John Duarte, Thomas Muller- Pering, Elliot Fisk, Costas Cotsiolis (guitar), Valter Despalj (‘cello), Michael Steinkuhler (viola da gamba) and Igor Lesnik (percussion). He was supervised by Christopher Bochmann in his Doctoral Thesis at the University of Évora between 2011 and 2014. His professional career began simultaneously with his superior studies (1994-1998). He has taken part in some of the most prestigious music festivals such as the Spoleto Festival (personally invited by Maestro Gian Carlo Menotti for the position of resident performing artist), the Edinburgh Festival and the Festival of the Costa de Estoril, Gevelsberg Guitar Festival, Oporto — City of European Culture and Guitarra Viva in Croatia, besides others. He has also taken part in various chamber music groups: with the flautist Vasco Gouveia, ‘cellist Jed Barahal, guitarist Masakazu Tokutake, soprano Ana Ester Neves, Lyra String Quartet etc. He was the winner of thefirst prize and special prize of the best interpretation of Spanish music in the 13th International Guitar Competition of Doña Infanta Cristina (Madrid, 1998), first prize in the 3rd International Competition of Sinaia (Romania, 1998), first prize in the 17th Certamen Guitar International Andrés Segovia (Herradura, 2001); first prize and audience prize in the 35th Certamen Guitar International Francisco Tárrega (Benicássim, 2001); first prize in the 4th International Competition of Crete (Arhanes, 2005). Dejan collaborates on a regular basis with various orchestras such as the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonie (Belgium), Orchestra of Benicássim (Spain), Chamber Orchestra of Slovakia, Symphony Orchestra of Vojvodina, (Serbia), Filarmonía das Beiras, Orquestra Clássica do Centro (Coimbra), Orquestra Metropolitana of Lisbon (Portugal). His recitals in Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia have received unanimous acclamation by critics and public alike. Various television and radio stations have broadcast and recorded his performances in countries as diverse as Sweden, Croatia, Romania, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Bosnia Herzegovina. Newspapers and magazines worldwide have reported on his performances. His solo recordings on CD with Naxos and other labels reflect his mastery in repertoire reflecting many epochs and styles, from early music to the most current composers in the guitar repertory. Since 2004 he has joined forces with the Greek guitarist MichalisKontaxakis in the Duo Kontaxakis – Ivanovich. Their first CD, recorded in Cologne and produced by Hubert Kappel, entitled Les Deux Amis was released in 2010 by KSGEXAUDIO. Dejan recorded in 2013 Em Memória da Madrugada by the composer Marina Pikoul with the Orquestra Clássica do Centro under the direction of David Wyn Lloyd. The new solo CD, entitled Dedicatórias Vol.I: Portuguese Contemporary Music for Solo Guitar, should be released in 2019. In 2005 he founded the Guitarmania Festival in Lisbon and remained director of the festival until 2010. He is professor of Guitar at the University of Évora in Portugal since 2007 and obtained his Doctorate there in March 2015 in Music Interpretation.