Paulo Jorge Ferreira was born in Lisbon. He began his musical studies at the age of five with professor José António Sousa. The profound study dedicated to the accordion with his qualified professor, gave him the opportunity of participating in national and international contests, achieving distinguished classifications. Along with his musical studies, he attended seminars directed by some of the most
prestigious contemporary accordionists. He graduated from the Accordion Superior Course at the Superior School of Applied Arts of Castelo Branco, where later received the Specialist Title as Accordionist/Performer.
Paulo Jorge Ferreira has performed solo and chamber music concerts, both at national and international level – in France, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Macau, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands and Germany. He has performed with renowned Portuguese and foreign musicians. During his career he has performed at some of the most important European concert halls like the Musikverein, Muziekgebouw, De Single, Odéon Théâtre de l'Europe, Teátrum House of Future, Berliner Philarmoniker, among others. As instrumentalist he has also participated in the performance of diverse premieres of works for orchestra, ensemble and chamber music pieces, which include the accordion.
He has been invited as a guest musician by different symphony and chamber orchestras, for example: the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música, Lisbon Sinfonietta, OrchestrUtopica and Remix Ensemble Casa da Música. He has also performed as soloist with: the Esart Ensemble, Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras and the Portuguese Symphonic Band; having worked with various renowned conductors: Stefan Asbury, Jürgen Hempel, Lawrence Foster, Peter Rundel, Martin André, Emílio Pomarico, Carl St. Clair. He collaborates on a regular basis with the Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música.
Paulo Jorge Ferreira has also created and participates in various chamber music formations: the accordion duo – Duo Damian – with Pedro Santos; the Artclac Duo with Carlos Alves (clarinet and accordion); the Stretto Duo with Catherine Strynckx (cello and accordion); a voice and accordion duo with Ana Ester Neves (soprano); and a quintet – string quartet with accordion.
Along with his musical carrier, Paulo Jorge Ferreira has participated in the recording of several discographic editions, as well as radio and television programmes. In 2004, the Numérica label released his solo CD, Percursos.
Simultaneously, he has also been developing the activity as composer, writing works for solo instruments, chamber music and orchestra. Due to the growing interest in his way of writing music, he has received commissions from some of the most renowned soloists, chamber music groups and Portuguese music festivals; some of his pieces have also been performed abroad. CDs with several of his works have been published and the printed editions of his music – scores – are being released by the AVA Musical Editions.
Paulo Jorge Ferreira is lecturer at Superior School of Applied Arts of Castelo Branco and at the National Conservatoire in Lisbon. Some of his students and chamber music groups have won first prizes at national and international accordion and chamber music competitions. He also often participates as jury member at international accordion competitions.
He is co-author of the Modern Accordion Perspectives project/website, with articles and interviews about classic accordion by some of the most well-know contemporary accordionists. Paulo Jorge Ferreira is artistic director of the Folefest – Accordion Festival and Contest and president of the Folefest Association. He has been considered a preponderant element in the artistic development of the accordion repertoire/performance in Portugal.
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