Already at the age of 14 under the guidance of flutist Fernando Lopes, he discovered his passion for old instruments and the historical sources describing their performance. Those studies sparked not only an interest in early music but also for general aesthetical ideas and the history of thought. Because of this, João decided to study philosophy after finishing high-school and completed a bachelor at the University of Brasília in 2008. In that same year, he started his studies with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague completing a bachelor and a masters.
With many ensembles, João performs regularly music ranging from the 16th century to the present days. Since 2012 he teaches at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague courses about performance practice, music theory and philosophy.
Started in 2018