João Vaz

João Vaz studied in Lisbon with Antoine Sibertin-Blanc and in Zaragoza with José Luis González Uriol, with a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation. Besides his regular studies he attended courses with teachers such as Edouard Souberbielle and Joaquim Simões da Hora. He also holds a doctorate in Music and Musicology with a thesis on late-eighteenth-century Portuguese organ music.

João Vaz developed an international career both as a recitalist and as a teacher in performing courses, and made several recordings on Portuguese historic organs. He is the artistic director for the city of Lisbon in the ECHO network since its foundation in 1997 and was appointed permanent advisor for the recent restoration of the six organs in the Convent of Mafra.

At present, he teaches at the Lisbon Higher School of Music and at the Catholic University in Oporto. Founder of the Lisbon International Organ Festival in 1998, he’s the artistic director of the Madeira Organ Festival, as well as coordinator of the concert series in the six organs of Mafra and on the historic organ of São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon, of which he’s the titular since 1997.