Pedro Jóia
  • country:Portugal
  • region:Lisboa
  • style(s):Traditional
  • label:Sony Music Portugal
  • type:Solo, Duo
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:percussion, guitar
  • artist posted by:Locomotiva Azul

Line up

  • José Salgueiro  (Percussão )
  • Pedro Jóia (Guitar)


He began playing the guitar at the age of seven with Paulo Valente Pereira at the Academia dos Amadores de Música in Lisbon, and went on to study with Manuel Morais when, at the age of fifteen, he transferred to the National Conservatory, where he completed his classical guitar studies. At the same time, he began studying flamenco guitar, first self-taught and later attending courses with Paco Peña, Gerardo Nuñez and, above all, Manolo Sanlúcar.
He began performing solo and with other instrumental groups from the age of nineteen.
He regularly composes for theater and film/television productions.
In 2008 he was awarded the Carlos Paredes Prize for his album "À Espera de Armandinho", a solo record in which he transcribed for classical guitar works by the great Lisbon guitarist and composer of the first half of the 20th century - Armando A. Freire.
He lived in Rio de Janeiro between 2003 and 2007 where he played and recorded with big names in Brazilian Popular Music such as Ney Matogrosso, with whom he performed two extensive tournées, Simone, Gilberto Gil, among others.
He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras and chamber groups such as the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Venezuelan National Orchestra, the Madeira Classical Orchestra, the Macau Chinese Orchestra and the Lisbon Sinfonietta Orchestra.
He performs regularly with the "Quarteto Arabesco", playing original works and transcriptions for guitar and string quartet.
Since 2015 he has developed a close musical relationship with the American flutist Susan Palma Nidel, performing in concerts in various states in the USA.
Between 2013 and 2019 he played in concert and on recordings with the biggest name on the current fado scene, Mariza, and also with the Resistência group, combining these activities with his own personal projects, such as the Pedro Jóia Trio.
In 2020, he recorded and released the album "Zeca", dedicated to part of José Afonso's work, for which he was awarded the Carlos Paredes Prize for the second time.
He is the musical director and author of the original music for "Amore", by the acclaimed Italian author and playwright Pippo Delbono, a show produced by Emilia Romagna Teatro which has been on a European tour since October 2022.