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Percussion

João Paulo Monteiro

Born in Lisbon, he began his musical studies at the age of 8. In 2001 he graduated in percussion performance at Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional, in 2005 completed a degree in Music at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and in 2015 he completed his Masters in Performance and a Masters in Music Education, under the guidance of Professors Carlos Voss and Richard Buckley, and Pedro Carneiro.

He participated in several orchestra courses from OPEM and INATEL, and masterclasses with Alexandre Frazão, Anders Åstrand, Carlos Voss, Eduardo Campos, Eduardo Lopes, Elizabeth Davis, Felix Sabal Lecco, Jeffery Davis, Joseph Pereira, Kenny Aronoff, Mike Portnoy, Nancy Zeltsman, Ney Rosauro, Pedro Carneiro, Pedro Viana, Steve Gadd, Thomas Alkier, Omar Hakim among others.

He collaborated with the following formations: Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras, Orquestra Sinfónica de Cascais, Orquestra Sinfonietta, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras, Orquestra do Algarve, Orquestra Didáctica da Foco Musical, Orquestra de Sopros de Sintra, Orquestra de Cordas e Sopros da ESML, Orquestra Sinfónica Juvenil, Orquestra do Conservatório Nacional, Orquestra Nacional do Tejo, Orquestra de Câmara do Douro, Camerata de Lisboa, Lisbon Film Orchestra, Orquestra da Companhia Portuguesa de Opera, West Europe Orchestra, Percussionistas de Lisboa, trio de Percussões da Metropolitana and Grupo de Música Contemporânea de Lisboa, among others.

In 2006 he has performed as solo with the Studenten-Orchester Dortmund conducted by Holger Ellwanger, and has held several solo recitals at the invitation of Academia de Música de Benavente, da Academia de Música de Alcobaça e do Conservatório de Música de Dança e Arte Dramática de Lisboa.

He taught Percussion and Drums in various courses from INATEL, at Encontros Académicos de Percussão de Setúbal, at the Big Band Camp CMDADL and in courses promoted by Confederação Musical Portuguesa.

Participation in ten discographic records: Orquestra de Câmara do Douro – Follies – Inspirações da alma (2007); Percussionistas de Lisboa – BachMarimbas&Brasil (2009); Percussionistas de Lisboa – BachMarimbas (2010); Enchantya – Dark Rising (2012); Camerata de Lisboa – Canções de Natal Portuguesas (2012); Orquestra de Sopros da ESML – Skies (2013); Mons Lunae – Lotus (2015); Ironsword – None but the brave (2015); Viles Vitae – IV; Archaic Tomb – Congregations for Ancient Rituals, 2018.

He currently teaches at Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional, Conservatório de Música de Cascais, Academia de Amadores de Música and Rock ‘n’ Raw studios. He maintains a parallel activity as a percussionist / freelance drummer and timpanist at Orquestra de Câmara de Cascais e Oeiras and Orquestra Sinfónica de Cascais, and as drummer in the bands Ironsword, Regular Earth (ex-The Kings of Cold) and Archaic Tomb.

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