Marko Djordjevic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia in 1972. He took up drums at the age of 12 under the guidance of Master Teacher Miroslav Karlovic. While studying at the Stankovic Music High School, Marko performed with the Belgrade Youth Symphony and the rock band Illusion, and received radio and TV exposure through both. He regularly sat in the area’s top jazz musicians at club jam sessions.
At the age of 16, Marko came to the USA on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In 1991, he won the Berklee Zildjian Scholarship, an award given to one drum set student each year. Marko graduated from Berklee in December of 1993, and returned to the school to give a clinic only three months later.
Marko has performed with Rick Peckham, George Garzone, Wayne Krantz, Hal Cook, and Matt Garrison. He has had extensive touring experience with the Tribulations (opening shows for Ziggy Marley, The Wailers, Third World) and Chris McDermott (including Woodstock 1999). His most recent studio work includes Bree Sharp’s Top 40 hit, “David Duchovny”, songwriter Jonah Smith’s debut record, Industry Rule, and the new albums from Don DiLego (Universal) and Amit Heri Group (Earth Music, India). Currently, he is focusing much of his energy on his own group, Sveti, which performs music inspired by the Yugoslav folk tradition. Sveti performs regularly in the New York City area and is working on the release of their new album.
Marko resides in New York City and, in addition to a busy performance schedule, he teaches at New York’s famed Drummers Collective.