Born: July 30, 1951 Primary Instrument: Piano
Miki Petkovski has been a professional musician, composer, producer, performer and teacher for over 25 years. After obtaining his Bachelor of Music in Europe, he attended York University to pursue Jazz Studies under John Gittens, Frank Falco and Don Thompson. Versatile in all musical styles, Miki Petkovski has performed on hundreds of recordings and live venues.
His European experience includes several albums and CDs involving working with Grammy Award Winner Martin Levan and Brand X Percussionist Morris Pert. Miki Petkovski was an early front-runner in World Ethno and Jazz Fusion. His North American experience includes touring, performing and recording with many renowned artists including Grammy Award Winner Allanah Myles, Jeff Healy Band Bassist Joe Rockman and Peter Blakeney. He has toured throughout Canada and the USA, performing at venues such as Roy Thompson Hall, Canada’s Wonderland and on CBC & TVO. Miki Petkovski’s compositions and productions include contemporary, fusion, jazz and short film scores and jingles.
In recent years, Miki Petkovski has devoted his efforts to developing the talent and ability of young artists, recording, producing and teaching. His publications include a selection of original jazz piano compositions for the serious student. In his state-of-the-art studio, he has produced CDs by young musicians in a variety of styles including classical, broadway, pop, jazz and ethno. His ability to put young artists at ease enables them to perform at their peak, producing the highest quality finished product for their CD projects
As Head of the Section for the Jazz Piano Category of the Peel Music Festival, one of the oldest and largest competitive music festivals in Canada, Miki Petkovski is working hard to elevate an appreciation and awareness of jazz among today’s young musicians. Through his efforts, Oscar Peterson is now Honorary Patron to the Festival.