João Barradas

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Astor Piazzolla’s "Otoño Porteño"
Live at Centro Cultural de Belém


João Barradas is one of the most reputable and widely acknowledged European accordionists, working simultaneously between classical music, jazz and improvised music.

He has won some of the most prestigious international contests of which, among others, the World Accordion Trophy (CMA), which he has won twice, the Coupe Mondiale of Accordion (CIA), the International Castelfidardo Contest and the Okud Istra International Competition, stand out.

Barradas has played in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kolner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Casa da Música Porto, Bozar Brussels, Philharmonie de Paris, L’Auditori Barcelona, Mupa Budapest, Sage Gasteshead, La Monnaie, Stuttgart Opera House, Sadlers’s Wells Theatre London, Onassis Cultural Center Athens, L’Arsenal Metz, Sava Center Belgrade, Centro Cultural de Belém, Tribeca Performing Arts Center New York.

He has premiered dozens of pieces written for him by the most distinguished European composers.

Barradas is one of the most active musicians in Jazz accordion nowadays, his first album as leader with the New York label Inner Circle Music, “Directions”, produced by saxophonist Greg Osby, was praised highly by the critics all over the world and made to the restrict Downbeat’s Best Albums of the Year.

At the same time, he starts being noticed by some of the top names of American Jazz, such as Joe Lovano, Nicholas Payton, Randy Brecker, Lenny White or Walter Smith III and his name comes up at the most important national and international Jazz festivals and venues.

As an outstanding improviser he has collaborated with various renowned musicians, namely Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Peter Evans, Aka Moon, Mike Stern, Rufus Reid, Gil Goldstein, Fabrizio Cassol, Jacob Sacks, Miles Okasaki, Jerome Jennings, Ben Van Gelder, Francesco Cafiso, Federico Malaman, Stephanne Galland, Fabian Fiorini, Michel Hatzigeorgiou, among many others.

João Barradas was nominated ECHO Rising Star 2019/2020 by the European Concert Hall Organization and BBC Music magazine nominated the accordionist as one of the current year’s rising stars.

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