Antonio Gervasoni

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 Elke Brunke and Teresa Quesada, and composition with Jose Sosaya at the National University of Music (formerly National Conservatory of Music). His concert music has been performed in Finland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Chile, USA and Peru, and is part of the catalog of Cayambis Music Press. 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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A set of four pieces for oboe solo, commissioned by American oboist William Wilegus. Inspired by four poems by Peruvian poet José María Eguren.

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A set of four pieces for clarinet and viola, commissioned by the American duo "Violet" (Katrin Meidell and Elizabeth Crawford).

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Orchestration of the original piece for woodwind octet written in 2001. Inspired by H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Time Machine.

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Opera in four acts with libretto by Richard John Lewis based on an adaptation of RUR, a 1920 science fiction play by Czech author Karel Capek.

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.


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Antonio Gervasoni gives private lessons of composition and orchestration on Lessonface in both English and Spanish. If you're interested, click here to go Antonio Gervasoni's profile on Lessonface to check for availability and book a lesson.

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.