New theater piece!



Fotografia da estreia: Pedro Mostardinha



Sousini é um compositor cansado da busca por inspiração, que possui uma caixa onde esconde um segredo que pode mudar o mundo. Simultaneamente, é constantemente perseguido e abordado pela sua sombra, que ganhou vida e que lhe fala por detrás de um espelho. Sousini é admirado por todos, no entanto, ele julga-se um embuste e já só quer partilhar o segredo da caixa, "parar e ser feliz, num cantinho qualquer longe da ribalta. Amor e uma cabana". Mas a sua sombra tem planos bem diferentes!

Projecto apoiado pelo GEPAC - Ministério da Cultura

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CLICK HERE for videos, photos and more info about  O GRANDE SOUSINI

I recently started publishing a series of works with score-follow on my YouTube channel. Take a peek to hear and see the works up close.

1st Prize:  Gerson de Sousa Batista (Portugal): "The Choke of the Swarm!"

2nd Prize: Areg Galoyan (Armenia): "Last lullaby"

3rd Prize:  Ivan Božičević (Serbia): "Three-Quarters of a Samba"

3rd Prize:  Kateřina Horká (Czech Republic): "Pièce d´orgue"

*THE CHOKE OF THE SWARM [2022] is a concert staged for organ, 1 singer/actor, installation and electronics, with psychedelic contours, which focuses on the themes of the bustle and uncertainties resulting from a globalized world, with so many different things happening. "So much to be done and so little time to do it!"


My piece "QUEM CHAMA?" [2021] for choir, was awarded  with the 1st Prize at the Manuel Emílio Porto Choir Composition Competition, in the mixed voices category.


My piece "SUBINDO A MONTANHA!"[2021], for Bercandeon duo and reciter, was awarded with the 1st prize at the International Composition Competition for Bercandeon in Italy. 

1st Prize:  Gerson de Sousa Batista (1988, Portugal): Subindo a Montanha
2nd Prize: Marilena Licata (1993, Italy): Madame Chauchat
3rd Prize: Julián Calarco (1988, Argentina): Sogno fra la neve
Young composer prize: Nauris Prikšāns (2004, Latvia): Der Zaubergberg

*The award-winning works will be premiered by Davide Bonetti, Stefano Caniato and Rossano Baldini, on the 4th of June, in a ceremony withe live streaming, which can be followed in both Italian and English and will start at 17.00 in Portugal ( 18.00 in Italy).


My work "THE WIND CALLS US!" was awarded with the 1st PRIZE at the Cornwall Male Choral Festival International Composition Competition 2020.

Also, congratulations to my colleagues for the fantastic music and for the awards,

Claudio Ferrara from Italy ( 2nd Prize ) and Kari Medina from the USA (3rd Prize).

Check them out, they are insanely good composers!

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"We are pleased to announce the results of the 18th edition of the “Gheorghe Dima” International Competition, Composition Section:

1st Prize: Gerson De Sousa Batista (Portugal) with the piece QUARANTINE!

2nd Prize: Rolli Cesare (Italy) with the piece Vanitas

3rd Prize: Anthony Mondon (France) with the piece Metaphors"

This is the result of several hardworking weeks, reflecting and writing on a depiction of the pandemic state. Also, congratulations to my fellow composer colleagues, Rolli Cesare and Anthony Mondon.

The winning works will be performed by Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, during the year 2021.


 My work BABALON was awarded with the 1st Prize at the Singapore International Composition Competition. 

"After careful judging by our esteemed panel of jury,

Raffles Singers is pleased to announce the winners of the SICCC 2020.


1st Place: Babalon by Gerson Batista (Portugal)

2nd Place: Ave Maria by Tamás Barnabás Bánó (Hungary)

3rd Place: Reflections on Dies Irae by Jonathan Domingo (Philippines)


Artistic Comments from Dr Zechariah Goh (Singapore):

On behalf of the panel of esteemed judges Lorenzo Donati (Italy), Vytautas Miskinis (Lithuania), Eudenice Palaruan (Philippines), and  Dr. Z. Randall Stroope (USA).  I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the 62 entries from the inaugural Singapore International Choral Composition Competition (SICCC)!

We are very pleased to read through all these carefully crafted choral creations by so many talented composers from all around the globe.  The three winning works show very good understanding of choral writing, imaginations and originality.  We are also deeply moved by the composers' sensitivity to text setting. We look forward to hearing these pieces in the near future.

Congratulations to all of you!


Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the participants.

We hope that your passion for choral music will continue ever so fervently."


Great concert by great musicians! It was an epic journey through Germany, surrounded by fantastic and beautiful people. Thank you so much! I'll be back soon!

1st Prize: „String played by the mob“ by Gerson Batista (*1988) from Portugal

2nd Prize: „immersions“ by Otto Wanke (*1989) from Austria

3rd Prize: „die stadt" by  Graham Buckland (*1951) from Germany



"The world premiere performance of Gerson Batista’s Golden Day given by Reading Phoenix Choir at the Reading Concert Hall as part of their annual concert was awarded Performance of the Year at the recent Reading Cultural Awards."

Walter Hussey Composition Competition organiser Howard Jenner and Reading Phoenix Choir chair Chris Riley were there to collect the award from the representative of the award’s sponsor Berkeley, the home developers.

BBC Radio 3’s Fiona Talkington announced the win as the performance of a new piece written to celebrate a Reading institution, performed in a Reading institution, as part of a global competition with wide-reaching impact.  The performance was conducted by David Crown in the presence of composer Gerson Batista who had travelled from his home in Portugal to be there and who accepted his award on stage following the performance to rapturous applause from both the audience and the choir.

The inaugural Walter Hussey Composition Competition winning piece Golden Day has now been professionally published by Scherzo Editions, enabling it to be performed by choirs across the world; each edition explaining the background of the piece, and its place in the history of the Reading Phoenix Choir and the town of Reading.

On 13th July, the same day as Reading Phoenix Choir’s 50th Anniversary Gala Concert at the Great Hall at the University of Reading, the world premiere of yet another Gerson Batista piece Wandering the Seven Seas took place at the amazing Colyer-Fergusson Hall in Canterbury by the Caritas Chamber Choir."


It is with great joy that I announce that my work for Choir "Bonfire Memories" was the winner of the International Composition Competition of Coro Universitario Sant Yago in Valencia (Spain), and it will be premiered on the 7th of April in Valência.

"El jurado, presidido por el director del coro, Pau De Luis, ha decidido que del total de 102 obras participantes en el Concurso de Composicion Coral, provenientes de los cinco continentes, las ganadoras son:

- Primer Premio: “Bonfire Memories”
Autor: Gerson De Sousa Batista (Portugal)

- Mención de honor: “Irish Blessing”
Autor: Francisco Jr. De Guzman (Filipinas)

El estreno de las obras tendrá lugar el día 7 de Abril, como parte del programa del concierto de clausura del taller Coral Internacional..."



Congratulations to all the winners and participants 

1st Prize: Gerson de Sousa Batista
Work: Descontorções - for transverse flute, accordion, violin, viola, cello and vibraphone

2nd Prize: João Pedro Paiva de Oliveira
Work: Hexagon - for transverse flute, accordion, marimba, vibraphone, violin and cello

3rd Prize: Francisco de Lagos Roque Pessanha Gomes
Work: Mourning - violin, cello and accordion


Great news!
My work "Volta à Terra" was awarded with the 1st prize in the National Arts Competition "Aveiro Young Creator 2018" in the Music Category.

After all, it was worth the risk of making this crazy piece of music. 
Congratulations to all the other participants and organizers for bringing so much color to Aveiro with this amazing event.


VOLTA À TERRA  for 4 male voices and 6 synthesizers plugged to Halion One and Massive


My work "CATATÓNIA", for choir, was awarded with the 1st Prize at the Composition Competition for Large Vocal Ensemble - Peças Frescas 5ª Edição. The premiere will be on the 20th of July at the Igreja do Colégio in Ponta Delgada.

"the jury, composed of Carlos Marques, Daniel Moreira and Ricardo Melo, decided, without knowing the name of the respective composers:

1st Prize - "O Labirinto de Pan" by the composer Gerson de Sousa Batista;

2nd Prize - "Colosso" by the composer Luís Filipe Neto da Costa;

Honorable Mention - "Brincadeiras e Paz" by the composer Fausto André Rosa dos Santos. "

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I was challenged to do a short presentation of SUBINDO A MONTANHA, within the Festival of Composition for Bercandeon in Italy.

*with Portuguese subtitles

DEREPENTE [2020]  for solo violin and electronics  [excerpt]

Documentary excerpt