At the age of seven Pedro Jóia began his classical guitar studies with professor Paulo Valente Pereira at the cademia dos Amadores de Música de Lisboa,“ concluding the guitar course at the Conservatório Nacional de Lisboa with professor Manuel Morais in 1990.
In 1986 he began his Flamenco guitar studies initially on his own, and later attending master classes and improvement courses in Cordoba and Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) with guitarists Paco Peña and Gerardo Núñez.
He attended, between 1989 and 1992, the Escola Superior de Belas Artes de Lisboa.
Between 1990 and 1992 he taught the discipline of classical guitar at the “ Conservatório Regional de Loures.
From 1992 to 1998, he studied and worked with Manolo Sanlúcar in Córdoba and Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Spain).
In 1993, he began his concertmaster activity by performing at municipal auditoriums and music and guitar festivals.
He has worked for the theater, composing and arranging original music, such as, Lorca, Federico at the Teatro Experimental de Cascais with stage director Carlos Avilez.
Nowadays he teaches classical guitar for the higher degree in Music at the Universidade de Évora.
He has performed in various countries including Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Holland, India, Mozambique and Ivory Coast.
On the first of June 2001, he presented the show “ Variações Sobre Carlos Paredes “ at the great auditorium of the “ Centro Cultural de Belém.“
2002 confirmed the success of the previous year with several shows staged both in Portugal and abroad.
He was invited to perform in Macau with the Chinese Orchestra to play a mix of Portuguese and Chinese composition including Verdes Anos of Carlos Paredes.
“Early, Carlos Paredes’ music woke in me a strong “Portuguese” conscience.
With his legacy of a guitar family tradition originating from Coimbra, Paredes created an unmistakable, nostalgic sound, that punctuated the history of the last decades of 20th century Portugal.”
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.