- Leon Stefanija
(b Ljubljana, Slovenia, Sept 9, 1954). Slovenian composer. After learning the clarinet, he studied composition with Krek at the Ljubljana Academy of Music (1977–81) and with Klaus Huber at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik (1983–6); between 1986 and 1989 he attended courses given by Ligeti in Hamburg. During his studies at the Hochschule, Rojko was exposed to a variety of compositional approaches and from 1995, while living in Germany, he taught contemporary approaches to music to his composition students at the Ljubljana Academy of Music. In the early 1980s he came into close contact with prominent Polish composers, among them Meyer, Schäffer, and Kotoński. Since then his ideas have been influenced in courses led by Nono, Lachenmann, and others at the Freiburg Experimental Studio and by Ferneyhough’s classes in musical analysis at the Darmstadt summer course. Drawing on his extensive knowledge of various compositional techniques, Rojko’s musical idiom reflects an imaginative approach to musical form; from ...