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About

João Barradas stands out as one of the most creative musicians on the European accordion scene, moving simultaneously between classical and improvised music.

 

He gave the first-ever accordion recitals in concert halls such as the Wiener Konzerthaus, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and performs as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Symphoniker Hamburg and the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of prestigious conductors such as Edward Gardner, Alondra de la Parra, Sylvain Cambreling and Christoph Poppen.  

In the world of Jazz, he has increased the presence of his instrument by collaborating with some of the most important contemporary improvisers, such as: Mark Turner, Peter Evans, Aka Moon, Greg Osby, Mike Stern, Rufus ReidDavid Binney, Gil Goldstein and even in larger groups such as the Brussels Jazz Orchestra .  

He was nominated ECHO Rising Star by the European Concert Hall Organization in 2019. This current season he will be the Artist in Residence at Casa da Música, Porto and was awarded the Sir Jeffrey Tate Award in Germany. 

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Accolades

 

2024 - Artist in Residency - Casa da Música
2024 -  The Symphoniker Hamburg's Sir Jeffrey Tate Prize

2023 - Vodafone Prémios Play - Best Classical Music Album Nominee

2022 - Vodafone Prémios Play - Best Classical Music Album Nominee

2021 - Vodafone Prémios Play - Best Jazz Album Nominee

2020 - Portuguese Jazz Musician of The Year - Jazzlogical

2020 - 2nd Prize in 9th SPA / Antena 2 Composition Prize for Symphony Orchestra

2020 - BBC Music Magazine - Rising Star Nominee

2019 - ECHO Rising Star 2019/2020 by the European Concert Hall Organization

2018 - Best Jazz Group - Jazzlogical

2018 - Portuguese Jazz Musician of The  Year - Jazzlogical

2018 - Merit Prize "IPL - Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa" 

2017 - Downbeat's Best Album of The Year Nominee  - João Barradas "Directions"

2017 - RTP / Festa do Jazz - New Best Artist

2017 - RTP / Festa do Jazz - Best Group

2016 - 1st Prize - Young Musician Award - Jazz 

2015 - 1st Prize in Made in New York Jazz Competition (All Categories) 

2015 - 1st Prize in Made in New York Jazz Competition (Solo Instrumental Category) 

2014 - The Best Interpreter Award – Folefest 2014 

2014  – 1st Prize Folefest 2014

2013  – 1st Prize in 7th V-Accordion Festival Roland Iberia 

2013 – 1st Prize at 11th Festa do Jazz do Teatro S. Luiz, Lisbon 

2013 - The Best Interpreter Award– Folefest 2013 

2013  – 1st Prize Folefest  2013

2012  – 1st Prize EDP Cool Jazz Talents, Portugal 

2010 – 1st Prize in 60th World Accordion Trophy (CMA), Spain – Juvenile Classical  

2010 – 1st Prize in the 63rd World Cup Accordion (CIA), Croatia, Juvenile Classical 

2010  – 1st Prize in 16th National Accordion Trophy, category Juvenile Concert 

2010 – 1st Prize in International Accordion Award “Cidade de Alcobaça” 

2010 - Special Prize “Pigini Accordions” in 63rd CIA Coupe Mundial (Croatia) 

2009  – 1st Prize in 15th National Accordion Trophy, category Juvenile Concer

2008  – 1st Prize in 14th National accordion Trophy, category Juvenile Concert 

2008 - Honorary Mention as instrumentalist/soloist, at 7th Festa do Jazz at São Luiz.

2007 - 1st Prize in 57th World Accordion Trophy (CMA), Russia, Junior Varietté 

2007 - Honorary Mention of Vitorino Matono Music Institution 
2007 - Merit Medal by Benavente Municipality 
2007 - Ambassador by Town Council of Samora Correia for Portugal  and abroad. 

2007 – 1st Prize in 13th National Accordion Trophy, category Light Juvenile 
2007 –1st Prize in 13th National Accordion Trophy, category Juvenile Concert  

2007–1st Prize 2nd Accordion Contest, Acordeons de Vila de Cedeira, Spain, Junior

2007 – 1st Prize in 4th Iberian Accordion Trophy, category Light Juvenile 
2007 – 1st Prize in 4th Iberian Accordion Trophy, category Juvenile Concert  

2006 – 1st Prize in 12th National Accordion Trophy, category Light Juvenile 
2006 – 1st Prize in 12th National Accordion Trophy, category Juvenile Concert  

2006 – 1st Prize in 3rd Iberian Accordion Trophy, category Light Juvenile 
2006 – 1st Prize in 3rd Iberian Accordion Trophy, category Juvenile Concert 

2006 –1st Prize in Vila de Cedeira, 1st Accordion Contest, Spain, category Junior Classica

2005 –1st Prize in 11th National Accordion Trophy, category Light Juvenile

2004 –1st Prize in 29th International “Citta di Castelfidardo”Award, Italy, category H

2004 - Special Prize “Intermusik Schmulling” (Germany)

2004 - André Thepaz Prize (Italy) 

2003 – 1st Prize in 36th International Accordion Competition, Croatia, category B

2002 – 1st Prize in 8th National Accordion Trophy, category Infantile 

2002 - One of the Winners of “Bravo Bravíssimo", talent contest on Portuguese TV SIC

2001 – 1st Prize in 13th Accordion Festival Barra Cheia

2000 – 1st Prize in 12th Accordion Festival Barra Cheia 

2000 – 1st Prize in 6th National Accordion Trophy, category Initiated 

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Selected Discography

His extensive discography as a leader, co-leader, sideman and guest artist includes several

prize-winning recordings and features solo recitals, live concerts, chamber music, concerti and guest appearances – on the Alpha Classics, Warner Music, Fuga Libera, Inner Circle Music, Nischo Records, Outhere Music, Clean Feed, Sony Music and various other labels.