With more than 20 years of experience, Peruvian composer Antonio Gervasoni (1973) is one of the leading composers of his generation. He studied piano with Teresa Quesada and composition with Jose Sosaya at the National University of Music (formerly National Conservatory of Music). His concert music is published by Cayambis Music Press and has been performed in Finland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Chile, USA and Peru. His works for film include the soundtracks of eight Peruvian full feature films and a Portuguese short film. He was awarded First Prize at the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest 2004 — in the Emerging Composers Category, Special Mention and Distinguished Artist at the 2014 IBLA Grand Prize and Honorable Mention at the "3er Festival Brasil de Cinema Internacional." He is also a professor of composition and orchestration at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas - UPC. He lives and works in Lima, Peru. Read full bio.
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R | THE OPERA
RUR stands for Rosumovi Univerzální Roboti (Rossum’s Universal Robots). However, the English phrase Rossum’s Universal Robots was used as the subtitle in the Czech original. It premiered on 25 January 1921 and introduced the word "robot" to the English language and to science fiction as a whole.
The play begins in a factory that makes artificial people, called roboti (robots), out of synthetic organic matter. They are not exactly robots by the current definition of the term; these creatures are closer to the modern idea of cyborgs, androids or even clones, as they may be mistaken for humans and can think for themselves. They seem happy to work for humans at first, but that changes, and a hostile robot rebellion leads to the extinction of the human race.
For more information about the work, visit the official website of the project.
Antonio Gervasoni gives one-on-one lectures of composition via Skype in both English and Spanish. Vacancies are limited and students must have a profile that meets some minimum requirements. Click here for information about the lectures.
In addition, he's also the author of two online self-instructional courses in Spanish about Sibelius, the popular music notation software, which he has been using since 2001. Click here for information about these courses.