Petar Kodzas

Petar Kodzas

Assistant Professor of Chamber Music, part-time

Community Outreach Program Coordinator (Music For All)
ECMS Senior Instructor in Guitar
Eastman Immersion, Director
Music Horizons, Director

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Petar Kodzas comes from a musical family. His grandfather was sent to Brussels to study textile technology and without knowledge of his family switched to music. Petar was guided toward a career in mechanical engineering until he discovered a 19th century parlor guitar in his grandfather’s closet. It was love at first sight.

Before graduating from the University of Belgrade, he had toured and recorded as a lutenist with an early music ensemble, played over 100 shows at the professional musical theatre, sat in jazz sessions, and performed throughout the former Yugoslavia as a musical ambassador for the international organization Jeunesses Musicales.

Following his studies in Europe, Kodzas moved to the United States. After school, competitions, concerts, more school, competitions and concerts, he settled in New York State. Since 1997 he has been a faculty member at his alma mater, the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, and is currently Senior Instructor in Guitar for the Eastman Community Music School.

Petar Kodzas was a prize winner in the Orpheus Competition, and in National Music Competitions in Yugoslavia (1988). He was a semi-finalist in the Naumburg Competition (1996). As a clinician, he has presented for American String Teachers Association, Guitar Foundation of America, College Music Society, and New York State School Music Association Conference.

He has presented concerts, master-classes and adjudicated competitions at the Guitar Foundation of America Festival and Competition, Ithaca Winter Guitar Fest, Eastman Guitar Fest, Rantucci International Guitar Festival and Competition, Alexandria Guitar Festival, Guitarart Festival (Belgrade, Serbia) and Summer Guitarart Festival (Herceg-Novi, Montenegro). Petar is a member of the Executive Board of the Guitar Foundation of America. In 2013 he was honored with a Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Teaching, and as of 2014 will be directing Music Horizons, a residential summer program for advanced high-school students. Starting in 2014 he was named Director of the Eastman Immersion, a gap year program for musicians.