Milena Petkovic was born in Prizren, Serbia. She began playing classical guitar at the age of eleven. She finished High Music School in Belgrade with three diplomas: Music Theory, Lute and Classical Guitar. In 2011 Milena graduated from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance under the guidance of Prof. Zoran Krajišnik. During her studies she participated in numerous national and international music festivals. Among the awards Milena has received for her work are the second prize for guitar performance at the International Guitar Festival, Kyustendil, Bulgaria (2006), the first prize at Guitar Open Festival in Subotica, Serbia (2010), and the second prize at Naissus Guitar Festival in Niš, Serbia (2010).
In 2011 she continued her studies at Indiana University, and in 2014 she graduated with a Performer Diploma and Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance at the Jacobs School of Music, under the guidance of Maestro Ernesto Bitetti. Milena often performs as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles – guitar duo, duo with flute, violin and clarinet. Besides Serbia, she played in Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy as well as in the US, Indiana and Minnesota. She had participated in masterclasses held by Sante Tursi, Vojislav Ivanovic, Edin Karamazov, Andrew Zohn and Robert Sharpe, Adam del Monte and Patrick Roux.
Milena is currently (2018) in her final year of doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, School of Music. Her teaching experience includes teaching beginner and advanced guitar classes and individual lessons for six years as a Teaching Assistant at Indiana University and University of Minnesota. She was also a Pre-College guitar instructor at the Jacobs School of Music for two years.