Bio

Antonio Gervasoni (1973) 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 study music composition.

In 2001, after finishing a career in computing sciences, he was admitted at the National University of Music (formerly National Conservatory of Music), where he studied with Peruvian composer José Sosaya. 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 is published by Cayambis Music Press and includes a wide variety of works ranging from solo pieces to a 4-act chamber opera titled R. He has also written incidental music for theatre plays, 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 Finland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Chile, USA and Peru.

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 2014 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