Icarus, my first piece for orchestra, composed in 2003, has just been released in the album New South American Discoveries, by prestigious record label Harmonia Mundi, featuring the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the acclaimed Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. The CD also includes works by the following composers: Jorge Villavicencio Grossman (Peru), Victor Agudelo (Colombia), Sebastián Vergara (Chile), Diego Luzuriaga (Ecuador), Diego Vega (Colombia), Sebastián Errázuriz (Chile) and Agustín Fernández (Bolivia).
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The first act of R | The Opera has been completed. You can read all about it and listen to samples at the official site of the project.
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Peruvian film La Hora Azul (Before Dawn) was released in theaters at Lima, Peru. Written and directed by Evelyne Pegot-Ogier, based on the novel by Alonso Cueto, the film tells the story of Adrian, a successful lawyer who discovers dark secrets from his father's past that threaten his well-earned reputation.
Ensueño (Daydream), a short musical for three singers and four musicians with a libretto by Mario Mendoza, was premiered at Centro Cultural Ricardo Palma, as the second musical of the show "ZAPPING: 3 Musicales en 1". Performances will continue for five weeks, from Tuesday to Sunday at 8:00 p.m.
"Il giardino della casa" was premiered on July 12, 2016 at the Auditorium of “Colegio Santa Ursula" by Peruvian flute player Daniel Cueto and Romanian guitarist Mircea Gogoncea. It was included as part of the program they performed at the second edition of “Encuentro de Músicos Peruanos” (Encounters of Peruvian Musicians) organized by the Sociedad Filarmonica de Lima. The three movements were accompanied by the projection of photographs taken by the composer’s father at the family's home garden.
Pictorial Miniatures, a piece for double-reed sextet based on paintings by Peruvian artist Ernesto Bavastrello and commissioned by Bulgarian bassoon player Toma Mihaylov, was premiered at the 2016 Conference of the IDRS (International Double Reed Society) at Columbus, Georgia, USA. This premiere follows the Peruvian premiere of the piece, which took place on May 28, at the Historical House of the National Conservatory of Music-Peru-Lima.
Today, after months of preparation, the website of R | The Opera, was successfully launched. RUR | The Opera is a work in progress by Antonio Gervasoni in collaboration with English librettist Richard John Lewis. It is an adaptation of the theatre play R.U.R., written by Czech author Karel Capek in 1920, to be premiered in Lima, Perú, sometime between 2018 and 2019. The website is both a presentation of the project to the world and a way to document its development. If you want to know more about this project and its current status, visit R | The Opera.
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Antonio Gervasoni obtanied an Honorable Mention at the Third Festival Brasil de Cinema Internacional (FBCI) for the music he composed for the Peruvian film “La Amante del Libertador”. The film tells the story of Lucia, who discovers that the old house which her sister wants to turn into a museum is inhabited by the ghost of a woman named Teresa, who fought in the independence war of Peru. The entire soundtrack was written for a duo of cello and piano. The prize was received by the Peruvian Consul at Rio De Janeiro, Mr. Rolando Ruiz Rosas.
Antonio Gervasoni was recognised as Most Distinguished Musician and received a Special Mention at the 2014 IBLA Grand Prize for his work KOCMOC, for orchestra and choir.
The IBLA Foundation in New York City organizes an annual music competition for pianists, singers, instrumentalists and composers which takes place in Ragusa Ibla, Italy. Winners have been presented in such venues as Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tokyo Opera City Hall, the Tchaikovsky Bolshoi Hall in Moscow as well as other prestigious venues in the USA, Canada, Europe, Russia, Indonesia and Japan.
KOCMOC (Russian word for Cosmos) was written in 2013 and dedicated to the memory of Russian composer Vladislav Uspensky, with whom Antonio Gervasoni had the opportunity to study in 1997 and 1998 in a series of masterclasses given at Lima, Peru and Saint Petersburg, Russia. The work is based on a previous composition of the same name, which was written under the guidance of professor Uspensky. The composition makes use of an extract from the poem Urania, by Fyodor Tyutchev.
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Portuguese short film "Holy Popcorn", by Spanish director Ramón De Los Santos, was premiered at Covilhã, Portugal, on 16 November 2013. Antonio Gervasoni's original composition for Holy Popcorn was performed and synchronised live to the film by the orchestra of the Escola Profissional de Artes da Covilhã, EPABI, conducted by Maestro Rogério Peixinho. The composer arrived to Covilhã to supervise the final rehearsals and was present at this world premiere. Click here to listen to an interview given by the composer to journalist Daniela Alves right after the premiere.
On 16 November 2012, composer Antonio Gervasoni gave a concert with a program comprised exclusively of music for theatre and film. The concert, titled "La Música en la Escena" (The Music at the Scene) was presented at the "Auditorio del Colegio Santa María Marianistas", with music from the theatre plays "Trees die standing still" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray", and from the films "La Prueba", "Tarata" and "The Dolphin. Story of Dreamer". Gervasoni also presented an excerpt of the music from "Teresa, la Novia del Libertador", as a worldwide premiere, being that this film has not been released to the public. The composer conducted the whole performance and also acted as narrator, giving brief descriptions of the scenes which the music accompanied, thus enabling the audience to experience the magic of incidental music only this time with the music itself as the main character.
Today, Peruvian animation film "El Defín. La Historia de un Soñador" (The Dolphin. Story of a Dreamer), by Eduardo Schuldt, was released in theaters of Peru and several other countries in Latin America. Based on the best seller by Sergio Bambaren, the film tells the story of Daniel, a dolphin who embarks in a journey of self-discovery in order to fulfill the dream of his life: to find "the perfect wave" and surf it. Antonio Gervasoni wrote the soundtrack of the film which is being distributed by FOX and will soon be released in several other territories, including the US, Canada and the EU.
Peruvian film "Tarata", by Fabrizio Aguilar, received its theatrical release in Lima, Peru. Antonio Gervasoni wrote the music for this film that tells the story of a dysfunctional family whose members find themselves trapped between their petty flaws, the country's turmoil because of the war against terrorist groups and the tragic events that took place in the street Tarata, on July 16, 1992, when a car bomb took the lives of 25 civilians and injured another 200.
Antonio Gervasoni was appointed Director of the newly created Music Department at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas - UPC. Classes will begin next year and the carreer will focus on commercial music. Thus, UPC takes the first step into setting up the foundations for a successful music industry in Peru, the only country left in South America whithout a consolidated music industry. The career has as its main sponsor Peruvian songwriter Gian Marco Zignago, one of the most prominent figures of Peruvian commercial music.
Peruvian film "Vidas Paralelas" (Parallel Lives) was released in theaters at Lima, Peru. The film tells the story of two brothers separated at a very early age by terrible events within the internal war that Peru held with terrorist groups between the 80's and 90's. Having taken different sides in the dispute, the brothers face each other in the midst of the bloody war launched by the terrorists in order to take over the country. Antonio Gervasoni wrote the soundtrack for this film, which marks de debut of Peruvian director Rocío Lladó.
"La Gran Sangre", a successful Peruvian action TV series created by Jorge Carmona, reached Peruvian theaters as a full-feature film titled "La Gran Sangre: La Película". The film captures the essence of the series in which a band of vigilantes who call themselves "La Gran Sangre" (The Big Brotherhood of Blood), fight the organized crime to restore peace and order in a city convulsed by wars between drug cartels and the police. Antonio Gervasoni wrote the soundtrack for this film, released by JC Films, a division of Alpamayo Entertainment.
Peruvian animation film "Dragones: Destino de Fuego" (Dragons: Destiny of Fire), by a href="https://www.cinepapaya.com/biografia/eduardo-schuldt-339" target="_blank">Eduardo Schuldt, was released in theaters at Lima, Peru by Alpamayo Entertainment. Antonio Gervasoni composed the soundtrack for this film that tells the story of John John, a little dragon raised by an affectionate family of close-knit condors, who always assumed he was just a bit different looking from his feathered siblings. Eventually, the time comes for John John to strike out on his own and seek the answers to his many questions as he embarks on an adventure to discover his real origins.
"La Prueba" (The Test), the film debut of Peruvian director Judith Velez, received its theatrical release at Lima, Peru. With a soundtrack composed by Antonio Gervasoni, the film tells the story of Miranda, a young woman determined to find her father, because his blood type can save the life of her brother. After a long search in a drought-stricken region of the country, she puts her father to a test, the outcome of which she herself cannot anticipate.
A-nir, Antonio Gervasoni's winning piece at the 2004 Vanguard Permieres Choral Composition Contest was premiered today at the Henry Ford Community College by Michigan-based choir Vanguard Voices, under the artistic direction of G. Kevin Dewey. A-nir is the Sumerian word for lament and the piece is a scoring of the first three paragraphs of "The Lament for Sumer and Urim", a text written circa 4000 BC as a commemoration of the destruction of the cities of Sumer and Urim by forces of nature. The composer himself was present and was invited to join the ranks of the basses to sing his very own composition.