Dejan Ivanovic started his study of the guitar when he was eight, taking lessons in Tuzla and subsequently at the Zagreb Music Academy, in addition to participation in master classes. His professional career started while he was at university, from 1994 to 1998, and he has appeared in some of the most prestigious music festivals, including the Spoleto Festival, at the personal invitation of Gian Carlo Menotti, the Edinburgh Festival, the Estoril Summer Festival and the Porto 2001 - European City of Culture. He was awarded first prize and the special prize for the best interpretation of Spanish Music at the Thirteenth International Guitar Competition "Doña Infanta Cristina" in Madrid in 1998, first prize in the Third International Competition "Sinaia 98" in Romania, first prize in the Seventeenth International Guitar Competition "Andrés Segovia" in Herradura in 2001, and first prize and audience prize in the 35th International Competition "Francisco Tárrega" in Benicásim, Spain, in the same year. He is also a laureate of international contests in Italy, Belgium and Portugal. His recitals in Holland, Sweden, Germany, the United States, Ireland, Britain, Italy, Japan, Croatia and Portugal have been acclaimed by both public and critics.