Gervasoni, Antonio (b. 1973)

Biography

Born in 1973, composer Antonio Gervasoni studied piano with Peruvian pianists Elke Brunke and Teresa Quesada. Between 1997 and 1998 he took master classes with Russian composer Vladislav Uspensky, a former student of Dmitri Shostakovich, who encouraged him to dedicate himself to music composition. After finishing a career in computing sciences, he was admitted at the National Conservatory of Music of Peru, in 2001, where he studied with Peruvian composer José Sosaya. In 2007, he received the Fellowship Diploma in Composition from the London College of Music. Antonio Gervasoni is a founding member of the Peruvian Circle of Composition (Circomper). He has been a teacher at the National Conservatory of Music of Peru (2008-2009) as well as Director of the Music Department at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas - UPC (2009-2012), where he is currently a professor of composition and orchestration. His catalogue comprises more than 30 works for several formations, including works for choir, soloists, small and large ensembles as well as works for orchestra. He has also written incidental music for theatre plays, the scores of several Peruvian films and the soundtrack for the Portuguese short film Holy Popcorn, by Spanish director Ramón de Los Santos. Antonio Gervasoni has been awarded with the first prize at the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest 2004, for his choral work A-nir, in the Emerging Composers Category. Most recently, in August 2014, he was recognised as Most Distinguished Musician and received a Special Mention at the 2014 IBLA Grand Prize for his work KOCMOC, for orchestra and choir. [Biography from the composer's website www.antoniogervasoni.com]

Published Works