Ilija Pejovski

Ilija Pejovski (Macedonian: Илија Пејовски) (born 1947)[1] is a Macedonian composer, arranger and pianist. One of the Macedonian composers who began to treat jazz professionally and evolve the genre of Macedonian Jazz,[2] he has a broad portfolio of original music. A large part of his works were reserved for the big band ensembles, but he has also written symphonic and solo piano music as well as film music.

He initially studied music in Ljubljana and at the Faculty of Music in Skopje. In 1977, he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston.[3] His background includes performances and collaborations with jazz musicians Thad Jones, Herb Pomeroy, Stan Getz, and Milcho Leviev. He has organized lectures and workshops in harmony, arranging and orchestration for students in Greece, Switzerland, Italy and the Republic of Macedonia and is the author of The Basics of Jazz Harmony (ProArts, 2004).[2][4]

Pejovski was given the 2009 Trajko Prokopiev Award for lifetime achievement by the Macedonian Composers' Association (SOKOM).[5]


  1. ^ Randel, Don Michael (2003). "Macedonia", The Harvard Dictionary of Music, p. 478. Harvard University Press
  2. ^ a b Reflections on Macedonian music past and future: third London Conference: Trinity College of Music, London, United Kingdom, April 29th, 2004, p. 101. University "Sts. Kiril i Metodij" School of Music, Institute for Research and Archiving of Music (IRAM)
  3. ^ "Alumnotes - 1977". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  4. ^ Culture Republic of Macedonia (10 January 2001). "Harmony Basics of Jazz by Ilija Pejovski - Enriching the Modest Theory Literature in the Field of Music" Archived 2013-02-21 at (translated from Nova Makedonija)
  5. ^ Culture Republic of Macedonia (24 March 2010). "SOKOM Announces Traditional 2009 Awards" Archived 2013-02-19 at (originally published by the Macedonian Information Agency)