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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. As a self-taught student, he has a strong affinity for improvisation and jazz. 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. Together with Alexandra Ávila, he founded the Lisbon Jazz Summer School, whose courses take place annually in July, at the Centro Cultural de Belém; and the Big Band Júnior, a jazz orchestra for musicians with ages between 12 and 16. His professional debut as a composer took place in 2006 with the premiere of Kaminari – ballet music for the opening show of choreographer César Moniz’s new ballet company. This was followed by the premiere in the Culturgest auditorium of the piece De Queda em Queda, for piano and string quartet, commissioned by Orchestrutopica (revised in 2011 and also arranged for Flute, Clarinete, Violino, Cello and Piano). In 2007, he wrote Insecto Xilófago, a short piece for solo marimba commissioned by Antena2/ Prémio Jovens Músicos. In 2008, he premiered O Marionetista, for alto saxophone and string quartet, comissioned by Orchestrutopica and Festival de Música do Estoril. In 2011 he wrote Fogo Posto (Arson) for piano, commissioned by MUSMA/Festival do Estoril. He worked with fadista Joana Amendoeira as arranger and artistic director of “Joana Amendoeira e Mar Ensemble”. In 2008, this CD/DVD recording was awarded the Amália Rodrigues prize for best fado record of the year. This work has also been performed in an orchestral version by Orquestra do Algarve in Faro and by Orquestra Nacional do Porto in Casa da Música, both conducted by maestro Osvaldo Ferreira. EXTERNAL LINKS João Godinho