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Photo of composer Antonio Gervasoni, by Alejandra Velez
Photo by Alejandra Velez

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-Peru-Lima, 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-Peru-Lima (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 works for several formations, including works for choir, soloists, small and large ensembles as well as for orchestra. 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 (2012) and La Hora Azul (2014), as well as the soundtrack for 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.

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. 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 (Cosmos), for orchestra and choir. Most recently, 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.

Photo of composer Antonio Gervasoni, by Alejandra Velez
Photo by Alejandra Velez