In the direction area he has studied with several maestros, having attended several masterclasses with national and international teachers. Among them: Henrique Piloto, José Brito, José Ignácio Petit and Felix Hauswirth, Paulo Martins, Johan de Meij, Linda Moorhouse, Mark Heron, George Matthew, Alberto Roque, Jean-Sébastien Béreau, Jean-Marc Burfin, Emilio Pomàrico and Colin Metter. He has also worked with Jacob de Haan, José Pascual Villaplana, Raymond Holden, Ed de Boer – who composes under the pseudonym of Alexander Comitas.
He has participated in the World Conference of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in Buñol, Spain, in July 2019, of which he is a member. In this same context, he was chosen for an international panel of 12 young conductors who had the opportunity to work with some of the most renowned conductors at an international level in a masterclass that took place during the event.
He graduated from the Setúbal School of Education in Music Education and Orchestra Conducting at the National Superior Academy of Orchestra, under the guidance of Jean-Marc Burfin. He teaches at the School of Music of Nossa Senhora do Cabo in Linda-a-Velha and at the Diocesan School of Sacred Music of the Patriarchate of Lisbon, where he is also pedagogical coordinator. He is currently Conductor of the Musical and Artistic Band of Charneca, Lisbon and of the Setúbal’s Youth Ensemble.
He is currently attending his master’s degree in wind direction at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag – Royal Conservatory of Hague, Holland – in the class of renowned professor Alex Schillings.
The purpose of the Youth Ensemble, mirroring that of the Festival, was to become, “…the very first ‘orchestra’ that genuinely gets rid of cultural and social barriers, which often stand between people of different backgrounds and music of different genres, in the pursuit of artistic quality as well as equality.”
Former Artistic Director