Biography

Winner of more than a dozen national and international prizes - Póvoa de Varzim Piano Competition, "Cidade do Fundão" International Competition, "David Russell Awards" in Vigo - the young pianist João Casimiro Almeida, at 22 years old, already has a vast musical experience, appearing regularly as a soloist. Having started his musical studies at 11 years old, he already played in some of Portugal most famous venues as the Casa da Música in Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, and in many recitals throughout the country. He has also performed in venues like the Sala Lustrzana in Tárnow (Poland), Martin Codax Auditorium in Vigo (Spain) or the Ehrbar Saal in Vienna (Austria)
 

He was invited to take part in national television programs such as "A Grande Valsa" (RTP) and "Nota Alta" (Porto Canal), as well as radio interviews to national channels as TSF and Antena 2. During his career he has had the opportunity to work with renowned pianists such as Guigla Katsarava, Joaquín Soriano, Krystian Tkaczewski, Leon McCawley, Masahi Katayama, Pedro Burmester, Prisca Benoit, Vincent Larderet, William Fong, among others.
 

João is also a very active chamber musician, having been mentored by internationally renowned musicians such as Maria Belooussova and Ryszard Woycicki. He is the pianist of the Lumennis Trio, a group founded in 2016 with Diana Sampaio (clarinet) and Ana Mafalda Monteiro (cello), with which they perform in several of Portugal's concert venues. The trio has already been awarded a 1st Prize in the highest category of the "Vila Verde" Chamber Music Competition and a 2nd Prize in the "Prémio Jovens Músicos" competition.

His repertoire ranges from Bach to the music of the present day and, as such, showing interest in modern and contemporary music, he often plays music by Filipe Pires, Jörg Widmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Morton Feldman or Beat Furrer. Regarding the latter, João participated in the project "Musicografias" held at the DeCA department of the University of Aveiro, in which he worked directly with Beat Furrer, in his own music. 
As for the following projects, João has already a dozen concerts scheduled for the 18/19 season, and was invited for a project by ARTE NO TEMPO - Ars ad Hoc - centering around classical and contemporary chamber music.

João graduated in ESMAE, Porto, finishing his Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance with Madalena Soveral, and more recently graduated in the Paris Conservatory with a Master's Degree in Performing Arts, with Michel Dalberto and Claire-Marie Le Guay. He has been a recipient of scholarships from the "Fondation Meyer" and the "Fondation Les Amis d'Alain Marinaro.

This biography is updated regularly. Please contact João directly for any other biographical texts such as curriculum or detailed biography.

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