Bio

Peruvian-Italian composer Antonio Gervasoni (1973) studied music from the age of 3 and began taking piano lessons when he was 9. By the time he turned 18, under the guidance of Peruvian pianist Elke Brunke, he had become a skillful piano player.

His first composition attempts date back to 1992, around the time he was pursuing a career in computing sciences. A few years later, between 1997 and 1998, he took master classes with Russian composer Vladislav Uspensky, a former student of Dmitri Shostakovich, who encouraged him to study music composition.

In 2001, he was admitted at the National University of Music (formerly National Conservatory of Music), where he studied composition with José Sosaya and piano with Teresa Quesada. In 2007, he received the Fellowship Diploma in Composition by the London College of Music.

Antonio Gervasoni is a founding member of the Peruvian Circle of Composition (Circomper). He has been a professor at the National University of Music (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, film scoring and orchestration.

His concert music includes a wide variety of works – ranging from solo pieces to a 4-act chamber opera titled R – and part of it is published by Cayambis Music Press. He has also written incidental music, the scores of Peruvian feature films La Prueba (2005), Dragones: Destino de Fuego (2006), La Gran Sangre: La Película (2006), Vidas Paralelas (2008), The Dolphin. Story of a Dreamer (2009), Tarata (2009), La Amante del Libertador (2014) and La Hora Azul (2014), and the soundtrack of the Portuguese short film Holy Popcorn (2013), by Spanish director Ramón De Los Santos. His music has been performed in Brasil, Chile, Finland, Germany, Peru, Portugal, Spain and the US.

In 2004, Antonio Gervasoni was awarded First Prize on the Emerging Composers Category at the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Contest, for his choral work "A-nir." In August 2014, he was recognized as Most Distinguished Musician and received a Special Mention at the IBLA Grand Prize for his work KOCMOC (Cosmos), for orchestra and choir. In 2015, he received an Honorable Mention at the "3er Festival Brasil de Cinema Internacional" (FBCI) for the soundtrack of the Peruvian film La Amante del Libertador. Most recently, in May 2018, his piece "Il Giardino della casa" was amongst the winners of the Newly Published Music Competition organised by the National Flute Association.

Picture of Antonio Gervasoni leaning over a piano

Photo by Alejandra Velez

Picture of Antonio Gervasoni sitting on a stairway; on the far left, a baby grand piano with the lid open

Photo by Alejandra Velez