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José Valente

José Valente was born in Lisbon in 1989. He began his musical studies at the age of 10, under the guidance of Professor Paulo Jorge Ferreira, at the Conservatório Municipal D. Dinis, Odivelas. At 18, he was admitted at Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas do Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco (ESART), where he completed his Master in Music, in Accordion Specialization, in March 2013, under the guidance of teachers Paulo Jorge Ferreira and Maria Luísa Correia Castilho. In the academic year 2010/2011, the School awarded him a Scholarship Merit, for having obtained the best classification in Music’s area. At this moment, his taking an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma – soloist, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, under the guidance of the norwegian accordionist Geir Draugsvoll.
José won several awards at national level: 1st prize at Concurso de Acordeão de Castelo Branco – Folefest (2008, junior category); 1st prize also at competition Folefest (2009, senior and chamber music category and 2012, chamber music category), 1st prize at 6º Concurso de Jovens Intérpretes de Caldas da Rainha (2009), 1st prize at competition Prémio Jovens Músicos 2014 (concert accordion category, advanced level) and 1st prize ex-aequo at 17º Concurso de Interpretação do Estoril | Prémio El Corte Inglés (2015). Also in competition PJM 2014, he got the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth prize (EMCY) and one Bolsa Gulbenkian from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian . He was the first soloist accordionist to receive the EMCY prize. He also won the 3rd prize at the international competition Accordion Coupe Mondiale, in Scotland (2008, chamber music category). He has performed with Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra Sinfónica Metropolitana and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, under the baton of the great conductors Cesário Costa, Pedro Carneiro and Olari Elts. He attended master classes led by renowned accordionists, including Frédéric Deschamps, Friedrich Lips, Geir Draugsvoll, Mika Väyrynen, Paulo Jorge Ferreira, Vojin Vasovic and Yuri Shishkin. He has performed concerts abroad the country, particularly in Casa da Música, Centro Cultural de Belém, Gulbenkian, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Palácio Foz, Palácio da Independência, Salão Nobre do Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa, Auditório Municipal Baltazar Dias, among many other places.
In October 2014, his dissertation, Concert accordion in Portugal – perceptions and expectations, was edited by AvA Musical Editions. This study includes the participation of renowned portuguese musicians: António Victorino d’Almeida, Carlos Marecos, Cristóvão Silva, Fernando Ribeiro, Joaquim Raposo, Paulo Jorge Ferreira, Sérgio Azevedo and Vitorino Matono.

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