João Paulo Janeiro

He divides his professional activity between research, concerts, recordings and teaching. He has studied harpsichord, organ, clavichord and musicology in Lisbon. He has founded Flores de Mvsica, Capella Joanina ensembles and Concerto Ibérico baroque orchestra. Along with solo activity, with these ensembles he is particularly active disseminating Portuguese musical heritage with CD recordings, concerts, conferences and masterclasses. He is responsible for several modern premiere works of Portuguese baroque composers. He has collaborated with different national and foreign orchestras and recorded several CD on historical organs and instruments dedicated to Portuguese music. He has participated in several international music festivals in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland, as soloist or maestro al cembalo, having directed several productions of baroque opera in Portugal and Italy. He is responsible for the critical editions of João Baptista Avondano and Francisco António de Almeida works of whom directed the CD recordings of Te Deum, Missa in Fá and Matuttino de 'Morti of David Perez. He has recorded two CD with the Avondano Ensemble dedicated to the sonatas of João Baptista Avondano and the chamber music of Pedro António Avondano. He has been working on the critical edition of the first opera of a Portuguese composer - La Pazienza di Socrate by F. A. Almeida - and of other scores for soloists, choir and orchestra of this composer. He has worked on the reconstruction of the Concerti Grossi of Pereira da Costa that were published in London in the mid-eighteenth century and promoted the dissemination of the musical work of João Lourenço Rebelo in concerts, international stages in Italy. From Rebelo he has directed CD recording of 'Vésperas da Beata Virgin Mary'. He recently directed the modern premiere with historical instruments and CD recording of João Domingos Bomtempo Requiem with the High Sponsorship of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic. In parallel, he has recorded the CD of the Bach’s St. John Passion with Concerto Ibérico; Sonatas of Johann Ernst Galliard with Contégio Barroco ensemble and he is preparing the CD recording of Bach flute sonatas with young recorder virtuose Filipa Oliveira. Another solo organ CD with historical organs will come out this year and also the CD project 'Vai a Napoli' of the Concerto Ibérico entirely dedicated to the musical works of Neapolitan and Portuguese composers. He is the director the 'West Coast Early Music Festival', 'SIMA-Sére Ibérica de Música Antiga’ festival where some of the best international musicians in early music milieu already played and CIMA - International Summer Early Music Courses. In 2001 he finished the Inventory of Historic Organs of the Alentejo and coordinated several restoration processes for the Ministry of Culture. He teaches harpsichord, chamber music, basso continuo and the historical performance classes at Superior School of Arts ESART-IPCB and at EMNSC. He is President of MAAC and founding member of CESEM (FCSH-UNL) and of the Portuguese Society for Research in Music (SPIM), he has presented papers and published articles on organology and Portuguese Baroque music.