“Love for storytelling is an understatement. I deeply care about finding the right music to help a story grab an audience’s attention and carry them through an emotional journey, while being able to make them forget the outside world for a brief moment. That is my goal.”

 

João is a Portuguese composer, born in 1987 in Madeira Islands, Portugal. He started learning the piano at age 6 and became a self-taught guitar player at age 12.

 

When he decided to pursue a career in music, he applied to the Professional Course at Madeira’s Conservatory for classical guitar. Hundreds of hours of practice earned him a spot in the conservatory’s professional course as the first student to be accepted with no formal training. Three years later, he concluded that program’s last exam with the top grade in his class.

 

Driven to reach beyond the boundaries of his native island, João applied and got accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2007. A highlight of his time there was working as an orchestrator for a 3-time Emmy nominee composer, Sheldon Mirowitz, during his last semester, re-composing the music for the silent-era masterpiece “Sunrise" and performing it live at a sold-out screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, where Sheldon, João and the rest of the team and musicians, all received a standing ovation. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011 with a diploma in Film Scoring.

 

Some of his project highlights following graduation include composing music for “The Third Attempt”, a dramatic short movie that has 17 international film selections, and “Raising Sleeping Stones”, the world’s first ebook novel with its own original score. He also incorporated film scoring techniques in his metal band “Lights of Nightmares”, which helped them earn “Best Portuguese New Band Of The Year” by SounD/ZonE.

 

After completing the score for a 35min. documentary called "Madeira Film Experience" (currently in its 4th year running in Madeira), Joao moved to Dublin, attending Dublin Comic-Con 2017, where a Steam greenlit indie video-game, "Sons Of Sol", featuring his music was showcased.

 

In 2018, João composed the music for “Recovery”, an impactful short documentary which recounted the story of 3 sexual assault survivors. The short received a “winner award of recognition” by IndieFEST Film Awards, and was an official selection by “Directed by Women - NYC Shorts of all Sorts 2018” ; a nominated documentary at “Night of the Short Film Festival 2018” and won the "Short Award Winner" at Dublin Feminist Film Festival.

Most recently, João has written most of the soundtrack for the steam game Nocturne: Prelude and was a composer/arranger on the Vivaldi Metal Project, which features a number of world famous musicians, such as Mistheria (solo artist, Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden, Roy Z Ramirez); Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Sons Of Apollo); Nick Z Marino (Yngwie Malmsteen); Mike Terrana (Yngwie Malmsteen, Tarja Turunen); Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius); Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth); Matt Bissonette (Elton John, Joe Satriani...); and many more.

Belfast, Northern Ireland