Born in Lisbon in 1976, João took music and piano lessons from the age of six. After completing a degree in Business Administration, he chose to change his path and study music composition. He graduated from the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa in 2006. During this time, he had the opportunity to study with Sérgio Azevedo, João Madureira, Christopher Bochmann, Luís Tinoco, Carlos Fernandes and José Luís Ferreira. Apart from his music studies, he maintains several professional activities connected to the music field, including radio speaker, cultural management, artist management, press relations, marketing, and programming in the cultural field. Since 1993 he works in subtitling for opera, theatre and musicals. From September 2008 to August 2010, he worked as a musical programmer at Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon. His professional debut took place in 2006, with the premiere of Kaminari, ballet music for the opening show of choreographer César Moniz’s new ballet company. Apart from classical music, his musical interests include jazz, ethnic, world, Brazilian, latin, pop, electronic and recent trends. These all strongly influence his work as a musician. As a self-taught student, he has a strong affinity for improvisation and jazz.