Gerson Batista is a multi-award winning young composer, illustrator, multi-instrumentalist, poet and writer from Aveiro, Portugal. He started his academic path in Civil Engineering but early on he began composing. In 2007 he enrolled in the Calouste Gulbenkinan Music Conservatory of Aveiro, where he studied music theory, church organ and vocal techniques. He also studied composition with Pedro Bento, Adelina Tavares, Ricardo Ribeiro and Virgílio Melo. Gerson’s first solo album “Silent Dreams” was released in 2012 whilst composing contemporary music and premiering some of his early contemporary pieces. Since then, Gerson has written and presented theater and poetry pieces, published two books, and composed and produced across a broad range of musical genres.
Some of his awards are: 2nd Prize plus the Public Favorite Choice Award in the 7th International Composition Competition of Póvoa de Varzim 2014; 1st Prize in the Composition Competition for Orchestra Município da Lousada 2017; 2nd Prize plus the Public Favorite Choice Award in the 10th International Composition Competition of Póvoa de Varzim 2017; 1st Prize in the Composition Competition for Accordion and Ensemble INATEL- Associação FOLEFEST 2018; 1st Prize in the Composition Competition for Choir Peças Frescas Açores – 5th Edition 2018; 1st Prize in the International Composition Competition for Choir Coro Universitario de Sant Yago de Valencia 2019; 1st Prize in the National Arts Competition Aveiro Jovem Criador 2019; 1st Prize in the Walter Hussey Composition Competition – Reading Phoenix Choir, and so many other honorable mentions and 2nd prizes in Festivals all across the world.
He is currently residing in Aveiro, where he is developing and creating several projects within contemporary music, folk, jazz, writing and illustrating.