Critics praise ANA CERVANTES as "a physical, emotional performer with mastery of tone and color" (Newark Star-Ledger, USA) as an artist of "commanding intensity" (MusicWeb International, UK) with "great interpretive qualities, enormous passion" (unomásuno, México); and as "ambassadress for the music of Mexico" (Independent on Sunday, UK).
Song of the Monarch: Women in México is Ana Cervantes’ current commissioning and recording project, in which the pianist asked 17 composers of six countries –US, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Great Britain, and Spain—for a piece for solo piano inspired in some woman in Mexico. The project takes as its symbol the Monarch butterfly: a potent metaphor for enormous persistence and valour in a body fragile only in appearance. Thanks to EPROMúsica --a major grant from CONACULTA (National Council for Culture and the Arts) and INBA (National Institute of Fine Arts) of México-- Cervantes will record the double CD of Song of the Monarch during the course of 2013, for release in early October 2013.
The music of Rumor de Páramo / Murmurs from the Wasteland - her previous international commissioning project, homage to landmark Mexican author Juan Rulfo— on its two CDs and in concert, continues to reap praise from the critics: "A remarkable collection magnetically performed" (Independent on Sunday, UK); "Cervantes … once again with certainty, elegance, and mastery" (Proceso, México).
Committed to chamber music, Cervantes is a founding member of Ehecalli, ensemble of winds and piano. Alumna of Bard College (USA) and a Fulbright-García Robles Senior Scholar (US-Mexico 1999-2000), Cervantes names Joan Tower and the late Theodore Lettvin as her most important teachers. She leads an active international life as performer and teacher, and currently is based in Guanajuato, México.