João Camões was born in Coimbra, Portugal, in 1983. Classically trained, he studied viola in Coimbra’s Conservatory of Music,
under the guidance of João Ventura. After completing his studies in Civil Engineering, he moved to Lisbon where he discovered the creative and improvised music bustling local scene. There, he started to develop a set of extensive techniques that he mixes with classical ones, in a very physical approach to the instrument. Active in miscellaneous ensembles, his personal projects include: Open Field String Trio, with Marcelo dos Reis (guitar) and José Miguel Pereira (double-bass), earnear, with Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano) and Miguel Mira (cello), Nuova Camerata, with Carlos “Zíngaro” (violin), Ulrich Mitzlaff (cello), Miguel Leiria Pereira (double-bass) and Pedro Carneiro (marimba), Bien Mental with Jean-Marc Foussat (electronics) and Claude Parle (accordion), Autres Paysages,with Jean-Luc Cappozzo (trumpet) and Jean-Marc Foussat (electronics), Gelber Flieder, with Luise Volkmann (saxophone) and Yves Arques (electronics), and João Camões & Kátia Sá, a duo with visual artist Kátia Sá. Lately, together with his beloved wife, Joana Gomes, he started to compose and interpret music for theatre plays.