Uro Rojko, born in 1954 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, studied composition (with Uro Krek) in Ljubljana, from 1983-86 with Klaus Huber in Freiburg and from 1986-89 with György Ligeti in Hamburg.
He has won many international prizes including the Premio Europa 1985 in Rome, the Alban Berg Prize 1995 in Viena, the Gaudeamus Prize 1986 in Amsterdam, the Vienna International Composition Prize 1991, and first prize at the choral competition of Deutscher Musikrat 2001; in Slovenia "Preeren - Foundation Culture Award" 1988, upančič Culture Award 2012, Kozina Prize 2018. Rojko received DAAD Scholarship 1985-87, to the Heinrich Strobel Foundation of SWR Baden-Baden 1990, 2000, 2004 and to the Artists' residence Schreyahn 1993/94.
Commissioned works have been performed at Donaueschinger Musiktage 1988, Musikprotokoll Graz 1990, Akyoshidai Music Festival, Japan 1996 and 1997, Berliner Biennale 1997, Radio France, Paris 1999, Bayerische Staatsoper 2003, Warsaw Autumn 2007, Slovenian philharmonie (1999, 2004) and Radio Sinfonie Orchestra of Slovenia (1993, 2007/08), Warsaw Autumn 2007 and others. Performances in Europe, Japan, Canada, USA, Australia, include also performances at the ISCM World Music Days 1988, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
In 1995 he became professor of composition at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana. Since 2000 revived concert activity as a clarinetist, as a soloist or in chamber music ensembles with a focus on contemporary music. Since 2015 he is a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. Uro Rojko lives between Ljubljana, Vienna and Berlin.
Photo: Klaus Meyer, Heidelberg