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Dimitri Cervo (Brazil, 1968), composer, pianist and conductor, created works such as Abertura Brasil 2012, Toronubá, Pattapiana, Canauê that have been widely performed in Brazil and abroad. His discography includes two individual CDs, Toronubá and Brazil 2010 Series, that won three Açorianos Awards for best classical album and composer. Between 1997 and 2008 he created Brazil 2000 Series, a set of works that received several performances in Brazil, United States, Argentina, Portugal, France, Germany, and Asia. In 2009 he started a new series of works, Brazil 2010 Series, devoted to concerts for soloists and String, Chamber or Symphonic Orchestra. These works feature Brazilian musical elements with other influences in a highly hybridized, at same time personal, aesthetic.
Cervo presented his first compositions in public at age fourteen. In 1991 he took composition classes (with Donatoni) and film music classes (with Ennio Morricone) at the Accademia Chigiana of Sienna. In 1995 he started to gain national recognition when he was awarded first place in the Competition for Orchestral Works at the Londrina Music Festival (Brazil), with Abertura e Toccata for orchestra. In 1997 Cervo signed an Internet publishing contract with freehand.com, pioneering the publishing of new music on the WEB. The composer was featured in Billboard, Sheet Music and Music & Computers magazines. In 2000 his Pequena Suíte Brasileira was awarded prize of jury and audience at the Fifth Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition (USA). It was released on CD by Elaine Funaro (Centaur Records) and published in the USA.
In 2009 Cervo conducted the premiere of his Concerto for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra at StudioClio, and performed Toronubá with the Sergipe Symphonic Orchestra, in Curitiba. From this city the orchestra continued its national tour, performing Toronubá for audiences in Brazil’s main concert halls. In 2010 he performed Toronubá at the piano, with Orquestra Municipal de São Paulo. He also had premiered Brasil Amazônico by Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra. In this year Cervo had two major orchestral works performed at Campos do Jordão International Music Festival. In 2011 he conducted, in Rio de Janeiro, the premiere of Brazil 2010 Series n. 5 – Concerto for Flute and 8 Cellos, a work that was highly acclaimed. He also had a concert entirely devoted to his works, with Amazonas Chamber Orchestra, in which he performed on the piano as soloist. In 2011 he had over 30 performances of his orchestral music in Brazil. In 2012 Cervo had orchestral works programmed by important Brazilian orchestras, such as the premiere of Abertura Brasil 2012 by Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, and the premiere of Brazil 2010 Series n. 6 – Concerto for Violin and Strings, by Emmanuele Baldini. In 2014 he had Abertura Rio 2014 comissioned and premiered by Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica. In 2015 he cretated Abertura Rio 450 Anos (homage to the city Rio de Janeiro), premiered by Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira. He had also his Concertante for Timpani premiered by Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica. In 2016 he was granted a National Award from Funarte to create Rapsódia Maracatu for piano and orchestra, which was premiered by the composer at the piano in 2017 Rio de Janeiro’s Bienal of Contemporary Music. Recently his work Toro-Lobiana for cello octet was premiered in Boston by BoCoCelli, a cello ensemble from Boston Conservatory coached by Rhonda Rider. Besides composition and performance Cervo teaches at UFRGS Music Department (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul).
Cervo has performed his compositions at the piano with orchestras and has conducted several ensembles. His works have been performed by the main brazilian orchestras, and by percussion groups such as John Boudler e Grupo PIAP, Ney Rosauro and Miami Percussion Ensemble. His orchestral and soloist music has been led by conductors like Isaac Karabtchevsky, Wagner Polistchuk, Daniel Guedes, Leandro Carvalho, Lee Mills, Guilherme Mannis, Julian Pellicano, Ada Peleg, and performed by soloists like Duo Santoro, Cármelo de los Santos, Olinda Allessandrini, Tilly Cernitori, James Strauss, Duo Gastesi-Bezerra, among others. His works were performed in all Brazilian states, and in several countries, like the United States, Argentina, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Switzerland, Norway, Russia, Israel, Serbia, Vietnam, Singapore and Niger.