- Stefano Leoni
(b Rome, Oct 1, 1937; d April 7, 2013). Italian composer. She studied composition with Petrassi at the Conservatorio di S Cecilia in Rome (1957), and attended masterclasses with Boulanger in Paris (1961) and Stockhausen in Cologne (1963). She also graduated in piano, conducting and choral conducting. Her composition awards include the Città di Trieste prize (1976) for the orchestral Spleen. Previously head of the S Pietro a Majella Conservatory in Naples, in 1989 she was appointed the director of the Conservatorio di S Cecilia in Rome. Deeply influenced by Petrassi, Ravinale developed a language which combines a strong sense of structure with refined aural imagery. Her accessible style led to frequent performances in Italy and abroad. In her leading role in education, she increasingly played an outspoken role in defence of classical music in general and women composers in particular....