João Casimiro Almeida is one of the most prominent portuguese pianists of his generation, with a vast and recognized musical experience, being a regular presence in the most important national concert halls, as well as having an international agenda. He has an extensive and versatile repertoire, often playing both solo and chamber music, from baroque to contemporary music.
João performs frequently in the most esteemed concerts halls in Portugal, such as the Casa da Música in Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, while also performing abroad in countries such as Spain, France, Austria, Poland, Norway and South Korea.
João was awarded more than a dozen national and international prizes, including 1st prize in the Cidade do Fundão International Competition, the David Russell Awards in Vigo, and in the Paços Premium International Competition. He was also a semi-finalist at the VIII Rosario Marciano International Competition, in Vienna.
Recent performances include concerts with the Espinho Classical Orchestra, Tarnów Chamber Orchestra, solo recitals with Beethoven Sonatas in Porto, Aveiro and Lisbon, as well contemporary chamber music with the Remix Ensemble, Ars ad Hoc Ensemble and the Sond’ar-te Electric Ensemble.
During his career and studies he had the opportunity to work with several musicians who contributed to his piano and musical enrichment, among which the pianists Michel Dalberto, Madalena Soveral, Maria Belooussova, and Guigla Katsarava, as well as collaborations the conductors Pedro Neves and Peter Rundel, and with the cellist Pavel Gomziakov. He is the pianist of Ars Ad Hoc, a portuguese ensemble dedicated to chamber and contemporary music, which plays a key role in promoting and presenting new music. The ensemble has a regular schedule throughout the country and makes important national and international debuts by composers such as Justina Repeckaite, Beat Furrer, Simon-Steen Andersen, Kristine Tjogersen, whilst working directly with the composers.
In future concerts, João has regular appearances with the Ars ad Hoc ensemble and the Sond-ar’te Electric Ensemble, a violin and piano recital with violinist Mara Alina Figueiredo, as well as several solo recitals with a program dedicated to Robert Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven.
João completed his Bachelor’s Degree at ESMAE in Porto and his Master's Degree in Piano Performance at the CNSM de Paris. He received scholarships from the Fondation Meyer, the Fondation Les Amis d'Alain Marinaro and also a Merit Scholarship from ESMAE-IPP.
Currently, João lives in Porto and teaches at the Escola Profissional de Música de Espinho.
This biography is updated regularly. Please contact João directly for any other biographical texts such as CV or detailed biography.