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 27 years old, already has a vast musical experience, making a regular appearence as a soloist and chamber musician, both in Portugal and abroad. Having started his musical studies at 11 years old, he already played in some of Portugal most important venues as the Casa da Música in Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém and Fundação Gulbenkian in Lisbon, and in many other recitals throughout the country. He also performs regularly abroad in countries such as Spain, France, Austria, Poland or Norway, among others.
João graduated in ESMAE, Porto, finishing his Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance with Madalena Soveral, and more then 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.
During his career he has had the opportunity to learn from renowned pianists such as Guigla Katsarava, Maria Belooussova, Masahi Katayama, Prisca Benoit, Pedro Burmester, Philippe Raskin and Vincent Larderet. He also worked with conductors such as Antonio Saiote, Pedro Neves and Peter Rundel, and with the composers such as Beat Furrer, Claude Abromont, Fréderic Durieux or Justina Repeckaite.
João is also a very active chamber musician, being the pianist of the contemporary music ensemble Ars ad Hoc and Lumennis Trio, and collaborating with other ensembles such as Sond'arte Electric Ensemble and the Remix Ensemble.
João's 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 Karlheinx Stockhausen.
In the last season João had regular concerts with Ars ad hoc, in Porto (Fundação Serralves), Aveiro (Teatro Aveirensa) and Coimbra (Convento São Francisco), and also in Oslo, Norway (Litteraturhuset), a concert with the Orquestra Clássica de Espinho, and several solo recitals focused on Beethoven, the last one being at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Recent projects include a CD recording with Artway Music Records, with music composed entirely by Luis Tinoco, three recitals with violinist Mara Alina Figueiredo, and a solo programme consisting of works by R. Schumann and S. Prokofiev..
João lives in Porto and is since 2018 a professor at Escola Profisional de Música de Espinho.
Ars ad Hoc is a chamber music ensemble by Arte no Tempo, focused on the contemporary music scene, having a regular agenda in the country's most important venues. The Ensemble plays an important role in both national and absolute premieres of new music, having worked closely with composers such as Beat Furrer, João Carlos Pinto, Kristine Tjogersen or Simon-Steen Andersen.
This biography is updated regularly. Please contact João directly for any other biographical texts such as curriculum or detailed biography.