Raised in a family of artists, Sergio took inspiration from his grandfather and his grandfather’s sister, both accomplished musicians. It was the latter relative—his great aunt Elsa—who first taught Sergio piano and became the guiding force in his musical development, introducing him to Bach and Chopin when he was eleven years old.
Though classically trained in his youth, Sergio had an epiphany at university when he discovered composers such as Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Ólafur Arnalds, and Yann Tiersen. “It was a big revelation to discover that there were people out there creating music somehow connected to classical music but that, at the same time, feel so contemporary and relatable,” Sergio recalls. “In that moment, the option of composing music appeared for the first time”. His horizons further expanded when he fell in love with genre-hopping musicians like Sufjan Stevens, whose album Carrie & Lowell profoundly affected him, and Keaton Henson, whose 2014 collaborative album Romantic Works inspired Sergio to craft his debut record.
In 2015, while based in Peru, Sergio self-released his debut album, Unsaid Words. Its yearning arpeggios, evocative melodies, and mastery of mood quickly introduced Sergio’s talents. Pieces like Serendipity and Calmness revealed his knack for pairing neoclassical composition with found sounds, while the mournful cello of Nature hearkened back to 19th-century chamber music. Sergio subsequently released three EPs: December 03 (2016), which was composed and recorded in one afternoon; The Morning is a River (2017), a collaborative project with German visual artist Seraphina Theresa that contained four piano pieces accompanied by filmed reflections of slow-moving images, a photo series, and a poem, released on a very limited cassette edition; and Postcards (2020), a contemplative exploration of solitude, heavily inspired by Chopin, and released on a limited 7-inch vinyl edition.
With over twenty million streams worldwide, several concerts around Europe and South America, and collaborations with record labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, 7K!, and LEITER Verlag, Sergio’s second full-length album Muerte en una tarde de verano (Death in a Summer Afternoon) was released on the 10th of March 2023 via Nettwerk Music Group, accompanied by a forty-minute-long film, two handcrafted vinyl editions, a collaboration with American singer-songwriter Lo-Fang, and a European release tour.
In the eight years since his debut album, Sergio has relocated from Peru to Germany. He also fell in love with ambient music, particularly the works of Japanese composers like Haruomi Hosono and Hiroshi Yoshimura, who helped inspire the minimalistic hush of his own work.
Sergio is also the founder and creative director of the boutique record label and creative agency piano and coffee co.