Marco Barbon (Italy) | João Barros (Portugal) | Lucia Birzer (Germany) | Kristina Bogataj (Slovenia) | Tanguy Bouvet (France) | Mateja Černic (Italy) | Jurgita Česonytė | (Lithuania) | Matīss Circenis (Latvia/Germany) | Nicola Forlin (Italy) | Masis Aram Gözbek (Turkey) | Elisa Huovinen (Finland)| Hyunju Kwon (Republic of Korea) | Alexandra Makarova (Russia) | Ingrit Malleus (Estonia) | Luca Scaccabarozzi (Italy) | Chiara Selva (Switzerland) | Anastasiya Shchyrba (Ukraine) | Johanna Soller (Germany) | Tamás Szarka (Hungary) | Federico Viola (Italy) | Shino Yamasaki (Japan)
He holds a master’s degree in choral conducting and the bachelor’s degree in music education and choral conducting from Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal). His music studies started at Conservatório D. Dinis where he studied piano with E. Cabral. In 2012, João studied singing at Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional with N. Villalonga and orchestra conducting with P. Lourenço. In 2013, as an Erasmus student, he attended the F. Liszt Academy of Music in Kecskemét (Hungary), studying choral conducting with L. Nemes and singing with R. Darázs. As a singer, João has recently sung with Tenso Europe Chamber Choir, Officium Ensemble, Coro Gulbenkian, Meestes&Gazellen performing in 12 different countries. João has participated in several choral conducting masterclasses all over Europe where he most recently worked with G. Grün, N. Ferris, A. Van der Merwe, R. Vanags and B. Scott. In September 2017 he was invited by World Masters in China to lead masterclasses and workshops for more than 4000 music teachers and choral conductors, working with choirs of different age and level. In 2018 he founded the Nova Era Vocal Ensemble and became the artistic director of Coro ISCTE and Coro de Câmara Outros Cantos. In 2019, with Nova Era Vocal Ensemble, he won two gold medals at the Festival Coral de Verão and a Choir of choirs’ prize, gold medal, at the Festival Vocal Art Choir Competition. In the same year, João was offered an Interkultur scholarship for conducting achievements and got an opportunity to conduct the Rundfunk-Jugenchor Wernigerode (Germany). Since 2018 he has been leading workshops for music teachers organised by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Since September 2019, João is guiding the teachers training Zoltán Kodály’s music education and methodology in Cidade da Praia and Mindelo (Cape Verde) in association with the Hungarian Embassy in Portugal and the Ministry of Education of Cape Verde.
The 78 entrants were qualified by the artistic committee composed of Jean-Claude WIlkens (European Choral Association-Europa Cantat), Marco Berrini (Feniarco), Dario Tabbia (G. Verdi Conservatory of Music in Turin), Davide Benetti (Associazione Cori Piemontesi).