A native of Belgrade, Serbia, cellist Igor Cetkovic enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestra member, and educator. Igor has served with orchestras across Europe and the United States, including the Bergen Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a solo cellist of the Serbian chamber orchestra, “The St. George Strings”.
A winner of many national and regional competitions and performance awards, Igor finished his doctoral studies at Michigan State University, studying under the renowned Suren Bagratuni. He also holds degrees from Stavanger University, University of Belgrade and Central Michigan University. Igor’s other principal teachers include his father Relja Cetkovic, Sandra Belic, Liv Opdal and Jamie Fiste. Currently, Mr. Cetkovic is an artist-in-residence and principal cellist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, assistant principal cello of the West Michigan Symphony, principal cello of the Saginaw Bay Symphony and as the cellist for Burdick-Thorne String Quartet. In addition to his performing schedule, Igor enjoys teaching both college and high-school students. Mr. Cetkovic is a former cello professor at Albion College and has given masterclasses at the Flint Institute of Music and for MASTA (Michigan chapter of American String Teachers Association). Igor has been teaching at NEMC since 2018.