José Paulo de Jesus

After finishing his studies in Portugal, at Escola Superior de Música do Porto, and as a scholarship holder of the Secretary of State for Culture, he joins the class of prof. Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern University in Chicago (USA), obtaining the Master’s degree with the highest rankings. Alongside this training, he studied Suzuki pedagogy with Professor Betty-Haag Kuhnke.

He extended his training through masterclasses and classes with outstanding soloists, of which stands out teachers Sylvia Rosenberg, Evelio Tieles Ferrer, Max Rabinovich, Mark Mogilevsky, Maria de Macedo, Marc Johnson (Vermeer Quartet).
For several years he maintained a close connection with the Espinho Music Academy, starting his career there as a teacher, which later continued at the Espinho Professional Music School.
In September 1995, and after conducting public tests, he was selected to be a professor at the Conservatório de Música do Porto, a school where he taught for 10 years, having trained several students who would continue their studies at national and international higher music schools .
In 1996 he joined the Classical Orchestra of Porto which is currently called Casa da Música Symphony Orchestra. With this group he has the opportunity to work regularly with conductors of recognized international merit, such as Andris Nelsons, Takuo Yuasa, Joseph Swensen, Michail Jurowski and Christoph König.
He obtained the 2nd prize in the PJM (Prémio Jovens Músicos) and maintained a strong connection to chamber music since his youth, obtaining in 1990 the 1st prize in the Portuguese Musical Youth Contest, in the higher level Chamber Music class. He was a member of the Camões Quartet for more than a decade, a group that maintained an intense musical activity in the north of the country.
As part of the Porto 2001-European Capital of Culture program, he performed the Mendelssohn Octet together with members of the Sugia Quartet (Gerardo Ribeiro, Zofia Woicika, Anabela Chaves and Paulo G. Lima).
In 2004, he joined the faculty of the Durango summer courses (USA).
His students have won all the major national competitions, as competition in Spain and Germany, including the PJM 2019 (Portugal), with a student of only 14 years old, on the category till 18 years old.
His student João Marinho, with the age of 13 years old, was admitted on the class of renowned profª. Ana Chumachenko at Madrid Reina Sofia.