Gervasoni, Stefano

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Stephano Gervasoni


Born: 1962

Country: Bergamo, Italy

Studies: Milan conservatory

Teachers: Luca Lombardi, Niccolò Castiglioni, Azio Corghi, Gyorgy Ligeti


Stefano Gervasoni was born in Bergamo in 1962. He began to study composition in 1980 on the advice of Luigi Nono: this meeting, as well as those with Brian Ferneyhough, Peter Eötvös and Helmut Lachenmann, were to prove decisive for his career.

After attending the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, Gervasoni completed his studies in Hungary with György Ligeti in 1990, and then in Paris, where in 1992 he followed the course in Composition and Computer Music organized by Ircam. The first three years of his stay in France provided the foundations for an international career that led him to be "pensionnaire" at Villa Medici from 1995-1996.

He has become one of the most important Italian composers on the contemporary scene and has received commissions from the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the WDR in Cologne, the SWF Baden-Baden, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Festival d'Automne in Paris, Radio France, IRCAM, the Casa da Musica in Porto, the Festival Archipel in Geneva, the Maerzmusik in Berlin, Ars Musica in Brussels and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

His compositions – including chamber and vocal music, concertos, and works for orchestra and for ensemble – were published by Ricordi from 1987 and, since 2000, by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni – Sugarmusic SpA. A monographic CD entitled "Antiterra", featuring "An", "Animato", "Antiterra", "Least Bee", "Godspell" and "Epicadenza", was recently released in France on the Aeon label and displays «a musical world of great wealth, subtlety and refinement, both expressive and introspective, that immediately captures our attention» (Philippe Albèra).

His work has won numerous awards and has earned him grants from the Fondation des Treilles in Paris and the DAAD in Berlin. He has also taken part in the Junger Komponisten Forum in Cologne, the Klangforum Seminar in Vienna and has lectured at the summer courses in Darmstadt, the Fondation Royaumont in Paris, the Toho University in Tokyo, the International Festival of Campos do Jordão in Brazil, the Shangai Conservatory, the Columbia University (New York) and the Harvard University (Boston).

Stefano Gervasoni teaches composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris and is resident composer at the Contemporary Arts Centre of the Domaine de Kerguéhennec (Brittany) until 2011.[1]

Works for Percussion

Anadromus Coda - Multiple Percussion
Bleu jusqu'au blanc - Percussion Sextet
Epicadenza - Multiple Percussion; double trio (flute, clarinet, horn, viola, cello, double-bass); and cymbalom
Macchina del baccano sentito - Percussion Sextet
Nube obbediente - Multiple Percussion; Trombone
Nube obbediente (Ensemble Version) - Multiple Percussion; Trombone; Chamber Ensemble
Rigirio - Multiple Percussion; Saxophone (Baritone); Piano
Sviete tihi - Capriccio dopo la fantasia - Percussion Duo; Pianos (2)


  1. Stefano Gervasoni Bio Retrieved 5/28/2012