Oakville Cello & Piano Teacher
Hon. Sp. Music Ed., Hon. B. Mus. Perf.
For over 35 years Janko has performed as a soloist in recitals, and as the principal cellist with orchestras in former Yugoslavia and Canada. Recently he performed as a soloist in a concert marking the 91st birthday of Her Worship, Mayor Hazel McCallion at the Trillium Hospital, performed as a member of the Mississauga Symphony and collaborated with his colleagues in a number of chamber music performances.
His first opportunity came as a young cellist with the Children Symphony Orchestra of Radio Belgrade. Since then, he has worked extensively with orchestras in Yugoslavia, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Canada, which made him travel and perform in Europe, Africa and North America. Janko received his education in teaching and performance at the universities of Belgrade, Prague and Skopje, where he graduated in the class of the renowned cellist Andre Navarra, himself a student of the incomparable Pablo Casals.
After moving to Canada, Janko began teaching with the public school system and currently teaches music, mathematics and science at the Woodlands School in Mississauga. There he created a string program and a String Ensemble which won the Silver Award at MusicFest Canada and the Gold Award at MusicFest Ontario.
His private students also won several gold and silver medals at the Kiwanis Music Festival.
During the academic year, Janko works enthusiastically and diligently not only to inspire his students, but also to fundraise for the music program at his school.
“Teaching students to play an instrument means teaching them to like and understand music from the very first step. An individual approach is a must, since every student is unique. They are expected to make errors during a lesson. The teacher’s task is to make sure they don’t make them on stage. The teacher and parents require mutual support. This is a winning combination. Remember that while playing at home is fun, practicing at home is progress.”
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