Resume of Christo Jankowitz (b. 12 July 1977)
Christo Jankowitz studied composition with Prof. Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph at the University of the Witwatersrand. Obtaining a Masters degree cum laude in 2005, his continued studies led to a Doctor of Music (D-mus) degree being conferred in the field of Composition in July 2011. In addition to these studies, Christo attended the composition seminar of Kevin Volans, given at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2003, and attended master classes in Composition and Orchestration in Montreal Canada in 2009. In 2012 he was offered a Golden Key Membership, made available only to the top 15% of academic achievers at the University of the Witwatersrand. He was the only South African candidate to have been invited to participate in the Atlantic City Music Festival Institute Composition Programme in July 2012. Christo received the Merit Award at the SAMRO Overseas Scholarship Competition for Composers twice (in 2006 and in 2010). In 2007 he was commissioned by the University of the Witwatersrand to compose a fanfare for the installation of Chancellor Dikgang Moseneke. His composition Rituals in Salutation of the Rain Goddess was selected by the local jury for submission to the ISCM World Music Days in 2008. During this time he won the first prize in the SENA/SOWETAN Massed Choir Festival Composition Competition for his work This is the Day. He also received the main award for music at the MTN CIT:Y Awards for the composition Ballad of the Nightingale and the Rose in 2008 and subsequently received the MTN CIT:Y Discretionary Bursary in 2009. In December 2010 four of his orchestral works were read by the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. Performances of his other works take place at regular intervals. Of these the premieres of Gnomisms at Unisa in November 2008, the February 2011 premieres of Reminiscences of Forgotten Innocence (commissioned by the Darling Music Experience), and Bright Morning Bustle (at the GIPCA New Modernities Conference held at the University of Cape Town) stand out in particular. The premiere of the SAMRO commissioned work for mixed a capella choir entitled The Widow is scheduled for late in 2012. In 2005 the academic article entitled: ‘What Quackie said to Meister Eckhard’ about the music of American post-minimalist composer John Adams (written jointly with the late Mary Rörich) was published in SAMUS. Further publications which include a textbook on composition technique for High-school students are awaited in 2012 and 2013.