João Barradas was born in Porto Alto. He initiated his accordion studies at the age of six at a small music school in Samora Correia, then gained admission to Instituto de Música Vitorino Matono in Lisbon, and at the age of nine was admitted directly to the second year of the Official Accordion Course at the National Conservatory, finishing his training with the highest mark. Barradas has participated in various national and international contests, having done his preparation at the Música Serenata School, directed by Aníbal Freire. After this period he continues studying with Greg Osby, Frédéric Deschamps and João Paulo Esteves da Silva. At the age of only 19 he recorded the CD Surrealistic Discussion, created together with tubist Sérgio Carolino. This album marked the beginning of the record career of the young accordionist in the world of erudite music. Internationally, he went to various workshops and master classes. He works with Mark Turner, Avishai Cohen, Jim Black, Eric Harland, Nir Felder, Carlos Bica, Miguel Zenón, Robin Eubanks, Matt Penman, Stefan Harris and Frank Möbus. At the same time, he starts being noticed by the top names of American Jazz, such as Nicholas Payton or Walter Smith III, and his name comes up at the most important national and international Jazz festivals. Having recorded for the New York record label Inner Circle Music, João Barradas has collaborated with names such as Greg Osby, Gil Goldstein, Fabrizio Cassol, Mark Colenburg, Jacob Sacks, Rufus Reid, Federico Malaman, Philip Harper, Bobby Sanabria, Tommy Campbell, Sérgio Carolino, Pedro Carneiro, among many others.