Uros ROJKO (1954, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Slovene composer and clarinettist; he lived in Freiburg (Germany) from 1983 till 1995, from 1995 to 2002 in Freiburg and Ljubljana; since autumn 2002 he lives in Ljubljana and Karlsruhe (Germany).
Rojko studied composition (in the class of Prof. Uros Krek) and clarinet in his home town. After graduating from the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, he went on to study with Klaus Huber in Freiburg from 1983 until 1986 and with György Ligeti in Hamburg from 1986 until 1989.
For his studies abroad he received a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, his early artistic affirmation was facilitated by grants from the Heinrich Strobel Foundation (SWR Baden-Baden) 1990 and from the Artists' residence Schreyahn 1993 / 1994.
His development was documented by international prizes such as the Award of the City of Stuttgart 1984, the Alban Berg Prize 1985 in Vienna, the Premio Europa 1985 in Rome, the Gaudeamus Award 1986 in Amsterdam, the Music Protocol Award 1987 in Graz, a prize at the international Composers' Competition for 1991 in Vienna and the first prize at the Choral Competition of the German Music Council in 2001.
His success was further validated by an international array of commissioned works for Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany) 1988, Musikprotokoll Graz (Austria) 1990, Akyoshidai Music Festival (Japan) 1996, Berliner Biennale (Germany) 1997, Radio France, Paris (France) 1999 (Percussions de Strasbourg) and others.
Works were performed at the summer courses of Neue Musik Darmstadt (Germany)
1984, 1986, 1988, at Musica del Nostro Tempo in Milan (Arditti - Quartet) (Italy) 1986,
Tage für Neue Musik in Stuttgart 1987 the Zagreb Biennale (Croatia) 1987, 2001,
the Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany) 1998, at IRCAM in Paris (Ensemble
Intercontemporain) 1987 and 1989, Musikprotokoll Graz 1987, 1990, Wien Modern
(Austria) 1991, Moscow Modern (Russia) 1992, Music in the 20th Century in Saarbrücken (Germany) 1994, 1995, Akiyoshidai seminar & festival Yamaguchi, (Japan) 1996, 1997, the Berlin Biennale (Germany) 1997, HÖRGÄNGE-PALIMPSEST in Vienna (Austria) 2001, Icons of the 20th century during »Graz the European Cultural Capital« 2003, ECLAT Music of the Centuries in Stuttgart (Germany) 2004,
EBU concert opening of slovenian musicdays (Ljubljana) 2004, Pablo Casals Festival in Prades 2004, Klangspuhren-Schwaz in Innsbruck 2004, Festival Klangwerk, E-WERK Freiburg 2004, Ensemble Recherche (with Experimental studio of Heinrich-Strobel-Foundation SWR) 2004, Cantiere Musica Rome (I) 2005, ZKM Karlsruhe (Germany) 2005, Musikhochschule Trossingen (Germany) Portrait-Concert, Workshop 2005, Academy of Arts Berlin (Germany) - Portrait - Concert (Ensemble Mosaik) 2005, Music Today 21 in Tokyo (Japan) 2007