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Izmir Festival > Program > PEDRO JÓIA

Saturday, July 8, 2023 • Çeşme Castle • 21.00
PEDRO JÓIA, guitar
This program is a travel trough the last century of Portuguese traditional music for guitar and other expressions. Jóia presents the music of several Portuguese composers transcribed for his guitar in a uniquely personal way.
PEDRO JÓIA, guitar 
Pedro Jóia is an internationally renowned guitarist who enjoys an extremely active career performing all over the world. Pedro began the guitar at the age of seven with Paulo Valente Pereira at the Academia dos Amadores de Música, in Lisbon. At the age of fifteen, he moved to the National Conservatory to complete his classical guitar studies with Manuel Morais. Shortly thereafter, Pedro began studying flamenco guitar on his own and soon took courses with renowned Flamenco guitarists Paco Peña, Gerardo Nuñez and, most importantly, Manolo Sanlúcar. By the time he was 19, Pedro began performing both as a soloist and with other instrumental ensembles. He has recorded 8 albums as a soloist during the last 23 years. From 2003 to 2007, Pedro lived in Rio de Janeiro where he played and recorded with some of the most important MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) artists including Ney Matogrosso, - with whom he performed two extensive tours, - Simone, Gilberto Gil, and many others. This experience greatly expanded Pedro’s knowledge of and proficiency in performing all forms of Lusofone music, which he continues to perform today. In 2008 Pedro received the coveted Carlos Paredes Prize with his album “À Espera de
Armandinho”, a solo recording in which he transcribed works by the great Portuguese guitarist and composer, Armando A. Freire. Armandinho, as he was professionally known, was one of the great musical artists in Portugal during the first half of the 20th century. As a soloist, Pedro has performed with several orchestras and chamber groups such as the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Venezuela, Classical Orchestra of Madeira, Chinese Orchestra of Macau and Sinfonietta Orchestra of Lisbon. He also performs regularly with the Arabesque Quartet playing original works and transcriptions for Guitar and String Quartet. In 2015 Pedro developed a close musical relationship with American Classical flutist Susan Palma-Nidel, recording two highly acclaimed CDs of Portuguese music in Lisbon. Pedro regularly composes for theatre and short films. Since 2013 Pedro has performed in concerts all over the world with the internationally renowned Fado Artist, Mariza, for whom he was musical director for 7 years. Pedro also regularly performs with the Portuguese collective Resistência, combining these activities with his own personal projects, such as solo concerts or with the Pedro Jóia Trio. In 2020 Pedro recorded an album,” Zeca”, fully dedicated to the music of the greatest Portuguese popular author, José Afonso. This disc won the noted “Prémio Carlos Paredes” award in 2021. Since 2022 Pedro has been playing live with the renowned Italian contemporary theatre company “Compagnia Pippo Delbono”, both as musical director and composer of the play “Amore”.


PEDRO JÓIA - Program - Izmir Festival | İKSEV - İzmir Foundation For Culture Arts And Education