João Canelas

Born in Barreiro (Portugal) in 1996, he began his musical studies with 12 years in the Banda Municipal do Barreiro (Municipal Band of Barreiro), on the trombone class of professor Luís Cunha and, subsequently, of professor Nuno Ribeiro.
With 13 years, he entered the Conservatório Regional de Setúbal (Regional Conservatory of Setúbal), in the class of professor Nuno Ribeiro.
In the academic year 2011/2012, with 15 years, he auditioned to the Escola Profissional Metropolitana (Metropolitan Vocational School), joining the class of professor Reinaldo Guerreiro. After completing his studies there, he proceeded his studies at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (National Superior Orchestral Academy), still in the class of professor Reinaldo Guerreiro, where he is currently studying.
In 2012, he was awarded the 2nd prize at the International Competition “Terras de La Sallete”, in youth category.
Through auditions, he won a place for two consecutive years (2013/2014 and 2014/2015) at the Portuguese Youth Orchestra, working with teachers and international soloists such as Sebastian Müller, Andrew Mitchell and Lisa Nelsen, and under the direction of maestro Pedro Carneiro. In the year 2014, he has performed with this Orchestra at the festival “Kultursommer Nordhessen”, in Germany, and in 2015, he has played at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
In 2016, he was admitted to the Gulbenkian Orchestra Academy, held between the 18th and 31th of July 2016, where he played across Portugal, conducted by Joana Carneiro.
He attended masterclasses or took private lessons with David Bruchez (2012), Jörgen van Rijen (2013), André Conde (2014), Jonas Bylund (2015), Juan Carlos Matamoros (2016), Justin Clark (2016), Brandt Attema (2016), Pierre Volders (2016) and Remko de Jager (2016).
He has collaborated with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Academic Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra, Portuguese Youth Orchestra, among others.
He worked with conductors such as Michael Zilm, Eivind Gullberg Jansen, Emilio Pomàrico, Joana Carneiro, Wolfgang Lischke, Peter Tilling, Pedro Neves, Jean-Marc Burfin, Pedro Carneiro, Pedro Amaral, Christopher Bochmann, among others.

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