João Dias (b. Oliveira de Azeméis, 1986)
Percussionist who has graduated in percussion performance and has concluded a master in Music Teaching at Escola Superior de Música e das Artes do Espetáculo do Porto (ESMAE), in the class of Miquel Bernat, Manuel Campos and Nuno Aroso. Currently, he is attending the Phd Program in Musical Arts at Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is interested in the mediation between composer and performer during the creative processes, namely in the creation of new music solo percussion from Portuguese composers. He is currently a PhD fellow at the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). As an interpreter, he has devoted much of his time to the Drumming Percussion Group (DGP) since 2004, a group founded in 1999, and since then affirmed as one of the most important collectives of the genre vocation for contemporary music, where he has an active role as an interpreter and mediator in the collaboration with composers in the creation of new works for the group. With the DGP participated in the recording of five monographic CDs dedicated to the work for percussion of the registered composers, and participated in two others not signed by the group. He premiered dozens of works by composers of various nationalities, including the premiere of Concerto no. 2 for 3 percussionists and orchestra, by Marlos Nobre, with Gulbenkian Orchestra. He joined the European Union Youth Orchestra (2006-2009) where he worked with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Rainer Seeguers (Berliner Philharmoniker’s Timpani) and Simon Carrington (London Philharmonic Orchestra Timpani). As a soloist, he developed at the request of the artistic director of Festival Música Viva, Miguel Azguime, the solo project”Electric Box” in 2016, a project entirely dedicated to national music that also serves for dissemination of Portuguese music for percussion solo inside and outside such as one of his performances at the Darmstadt Summer Course in July 2018. He is a researcher at the Research Group on Contemporary Music at CESEM, where he is particularly interested in mediation between composer and performer in the creation of new music for percussion. He is also a member of the Gamelan Ensemble from Casa da Música, Pulsat Percussion Group, Ad’Libitum Clarinets and percussionist of the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble. He collaborates regularly with Remix Ensemble, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto/Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Orchestra among others.