Mr. Velichkovski began his music studies at the age of 7. After completing elementary, high school, and conservatory levels of Eastern European classical music education programs with honors, in his native Belgrade, former Yugoslavia, Mr. Velichkovski received a full scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music and moved to the United States in 1984.
He graduated from the Juilliard School in 1987, and thereafter earned his graduate degree at the City University of New York.
As a classical and jazz clarinetist, Mr. Velichkovski has performed a wide range of repertoire on many of the most prestigious concert stages around the world – from New York City, Amsterdam and London, to Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Beijing, as well as, with many music industry greats – from Pete Fountain and Leontine Price, to the Juilliard Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
As a businessman, an executive producer, and a music producer, Mr. Velichkovski has been creating, leading, recording and producing music projects across the genres in for-profit and non-profit sectors, nationwide and internationally, for over twenty years. From symphonic and chamber music, to alt rock, blues, gospel, and hip-hop productions, his projects have led him not only throughout the United States and across the world, but also to collaborations and associations with a diverse rage of international music industry businesses: live performance productions, from Teatro Smeraldo in Milan, to Milkweg in Amsterdam; recording productions, from Romero Records in New York City, to Polydor in London; and symphonic pop concert promotions and productions featuring diverse spectrum of performers, from Faith Hill, Alison Kraus, Delbert McClinton, and The Chieftans, to Placido Domingo, James Galway, Joshua Bell, and the Vienna Boys Choir.
Ever since 1996, along side his music business and industry endeavors, Mr. Velichkovski has been keeping a steady teaching, mentoring, and lecturing schedule in the U.S and Europe, most recently building and leading London’s Middlesex University / SAE Institute Music Production Degree Program in Belgrade, from 2010-2013.
Mr. Velichkovski joined WVU’s College of Creative Arts / School of Music in 2013 as the coordinator of the Music Industry Program.