Goran Ivanovic is a native of Croatia, a Balkan country torn by the civil strife that engulfed the former Yugoslavia. The musical son of a Serbian father and a Bosnian Croat mother, he has crossed many boundaries in his life and in his music. While he was studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with masters such as Elliot Fisk and Joaquin Clerch, his parents were expelled from Croatia and were granted political asylum in the United States. Since his residence in this country, Goran’s broad grounding in Classical music has been enriched by influences of Jazz,Balkan and the World Music.
Goran frequently performs at mayor festivals and concert halls in the world,as well as TV and Radio performances. He has been featured on Chicago Tonight, WTTW,Dame Myra Hess Concert's,848 on Chicago Public Radio. As a leader he has released 7 albums:1999 Guitar Solo, 2001 Macedonian Blues(with Fareed Haque),2005 Seven Boats (with FH),2006 Goran Ivanovic Group,2007 Folk Tales (Eastern Blok),2009 Goran Ivanovic and Andreas Kapsalis Guitar Duo,2011 Underwater (Eastern Blok).
Goran's music has been published by Lemoine publication's in Paris under direction of grammy winning artist Sergio Assad. Goran has taught as a guest artist at Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of Michigan,Depaul University,Truman University,Minnesota State University,Northern Illinois University and has appeared at prestigious events such as Chicago World Music Festival, NY Guitar Festival,NY Jazz Festival,Wall To Wall Guitar Festival,Canadian Guitar Festival,Calcutta Classical Guitar Festival in India as well as legendary Jazz clubs The Blues Alley,Firefly Club,Joe's Pub and Chris Jazz Cafe and the Green Mill.