Đuro Pete graduated from elementary music school and music high school in Osijek in the class of prof. Vjekoslav Burić. He enrolled in undergraduate studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad in 1980, and graduated in the class of prof. Mihajlo Kelbli in 1984. He enrolled in his master’s studies in 2006, and received his master’s degree in 2009 in the class of prof. Nikola Srdić. He attended courses with M. Arignon (Paris), J. Kotar and M. Bekavac (Slovenia), J. Szatmári (Budapest). As a student, he achieved notable results, winning awards at competitions (second prize at the Competition of Young Artists of Yugoslavia in Zagreb in 1983, first prize at the Provincial Competition for Pupils and Students in 1981 in Novi Sad, first prize at the Federal Competition in Sarajevo in 1981, first prize at the Serbian Youth Festival in Knjaževac). In addition to a series of solo performances and recitals, he performed with the Youth Philharmonic from Pécs (Hungary), the Vojvodina Youth Philharmonic, as well as with the Chamber Orchestra of the Academy of Arts. For a short time, he played as a soloist in the opera ensemble of the Croatian National Theatre in Osijek. He was filmed for RTV Novi Sad and TV Zagreb.
He began his teaching work at the “Josip Slavenski” Music School in Novi Sad, and since 1987 he has been permanently employed as a clarinet professor at the “Isidor Bajić” Music School in Novi Sad. With his class, he achieved significant results, which are reflected in a series of dozens of first prizes and awards at international and domestic competitions and festivals. His students are winners of the highest awards, laureates at almost all clarinettist competitions in the country. In 2008, his student Radovan Turović won the third prize at the “Anton Eberst” First International Competition in Novi Sad, and in 2010, his student Bogdan Bikicki won the first prize at the same competition. He participates in the winter and summer clarinet schools, led by prof. Nikola Srdić, as an assistant lecturer. He has been a participant in the work of the jury of the State Competition for many years, as well as the president or member of the jury at the woodwind competitions in Požarevac, “Davorin Jenko” in Belgrade and the May Woodwind Meeting Point in Lazarevac. He organized several concerts of young clarinettists in Subotica, Zrenjanin, Bačka Palanka, Kula, Sombor and Novi Sad in order to promote and popularize clarinet and classical music. He was awarded an annual award of the Association of Music and Ballet Schools of Serbia in 2010. He makes significant contacts in international cooperation with colleagues from many European countries and the USA.