Soprano and Alto Saxophone / Flute
João Pedro Brandão was born in 1977. He began his musical studies at the School of Music Óscar da Silva, where he studied transverse flute with Luís Carrapa between 1992 and 1997. In 1999, he had his first contact with jazz in a combo of the pianist Paulo Gomes. In 2002, he started the study of saxophone with Mário Santos. He completed the degree in Jazz (saxophone) from ESMAE - School of Music, Arts and Performing Arts in 2007. Between January and July 2007, he studied at Lemmensinstitut (Belgium) with Frank Vaganné and Dré Palemaerts. In May 2012, he finalized the Masters in Jazz from ESMAE, where he studied composition with Carlos Azevedo and Paulo Perfeito.
In 2006, with the Jazz Sextet of ESMAE, he participated in the 4th Jazz Festival in São Luiz, where he was awarded the prize for Best Soloist and Best Combo. In 2012, the album "Aljamia" was released with music composed and arranged by him to CORETO, a group of 11 musicians that he leads, and he is currently preparing the third album. Of note are other jazz projects: the AP Quintet, with which he recorded "6e5" edited by TOAP, and the Lúcia Martinez Quartet, with which he recorded “Soños e Delírios” edited by Karonte. In 2010, he founded the Associação Porta-Jazz, which aims to promote jazz and its musicians in the city of Porto.
João Pedro Brandão teaches saxophone (Jazz variant) at Porto Conservatory of Music. At the School of Music Valentim de Carvalho, in addition to teaching Saxophone, Transverse Flute, Combo and directing the big band of the students, he coordinates the Jazz degree.