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Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1999. Since 2021, he studies at the Reina Sofía School of Music’s Unidad Editorial Double Bass Chair, first with professor Duncan McTier, and currently with professor Wies de Boevé. He has been granted scholarships by Santander Portugal and Fundación Albéniz.
He began his music studies at the age of 5, he started playing the double bass at 8, and at 11 he entered the National Conservatory of Portugal. He finished high school in 2017 at Lisbon’s Metropolitan Professional School, where he was awarded the Jovem Solista EPM Award and played as soloist with Lisbon’s Metropolitan Classical Orchestra. He furthered his studies at Lisbon’s School of Music with Manuel Rêgo and Domingos Ribeiro. He has also attended masterclasses by Alain Posch, and Matthew McDonald, among others
In 2017 he won the first prize at the Vasco Barbosa National String Competition, where he performed as soloist with the Camerata Atlântica.
He has also played with many Portuguese youth orchestras such as the Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa, the Estágio Gulbenkian, and the Portuguese Academic Philarmonic Orchestra, among others. He has also collaborated with the Royal Concertgebow Orchestra in a paralell project of the Gulbekian. He has also performed as guest with professional orchestras such as the Gulbekian Orchestra and the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. In 2020 he was selected by the Youth Orchestra of the Mediterranean.
He has worked with conductors such as Lorenzo Viotti, Christopher Bochmann, Semyon Bychkov, Pedro Carneiro, Joana Carneiro, and Jean-Marc Buffin, among others, and with renowned double bass players including Gary Karr, Janne Saksala, David Murphy, Thomas Martin, Luis Cabrera, Manuel Rego, Domingos Ribeiro, Tiago Pinto Ribeiro, and Iouri Axsenov.
As a student of the School, he has performed with the Freixenet Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Juanjo Mena, and the Fundación EDP Camerata, conducted by Paul Goodwin, and he has been part of the Unidad Editorial Dittersdorf Double Bass Quartet. He is currently a member of the Unidad Editorial Bottesini Double Bass Quintet.