Portugal, Lisbon Lisbon Cello
João Pedro Gonçalves started playing the cello at the age of 12 with Ana Cláudia Serrão as his mentor, in Lisbon.
After that, he studied with Marco Pereira and Paulo Gaio Lima, also in Lisbon. Over the past few years, he has had the opportunity to work with many professors, such as: Levon Mouradian, Kyril Zlotnikov, Daniel Grosgurin, Marc Coppey, Maria de Macedo, Adrian Brendel, Morten Zeuthen, Gary Hoffman, Alain Gervreau (baroque cello), amongst others.
He also worked with many world-renowned conductors, such as: Lorenzo Viotti, Pedro Neves, Nuno Coelho, Giancarlo Guerrero, Ulysses Ascanio, Jean-Marc Burfin, Jan Wierzba, Gustavo Dudamel and many others.
João Pedro Gonçalves won first prizes at: Concurso Capela (2016), Concurso Nacional de Cordas Vasco Barbosa (2017) and Prémio Fundação Inatel (2019). He also won second prizes at: Concurso Internacional da Cidade do Fundão, in 2017 (where he also received the best interpretation of a Portuguese piece), and the prestigious competition in Portugal: Prémio Jovens Músicos (2018).
He has played as a soloist with many orchestras, such as: Orquestra Académica Metropolitana, Orquestra Profissional Metropolitana, Camarata Atlântica, Orquestra Gulbenkian and Geração.
In 2020, João Pedro Gonçalves took part in the Yellow Barn Festival Young Artists Program (USA) and this year, 2021, he was again invited to take part in this festival. In the fall of 2020, he participated in a masterclass of Gary Hoffman at the Saline Royale Academy (France) and in March 2021, he took part in the Festival Young Talent Schiermonnikoog (The Netherlands), where he performed in concerts and had classes with Jeroen Reuling.
Currently, he is studying with Jeroen Reuling at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and he plays on a modern cello, kindly loaned by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.
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