Pedro Jóia

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Pedro Jóia

Pedro Jóia (born 30 May 1970 in Liège, Belgium) is a Portuguese guitarist, composer, and musical director. He is considered one of the top Portuguese guitar players.[1][2][3]

Pedro started playing guitar at seven years of age. At fourteen he entered in the Conservatório Nacional de Música and two years later began to study flamenco guitar with Paco Peña, Gerardo Núñez and Manolo Sanlúcar. During this time Pedro started playing professionally – starting at 19 years old – both solo and also with different formations in Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Pedro has regularly composed for theatre, cinema and has released six CDs under his own name.[10] Between 1997 and 2003 he taught at the Universidade de Évora. For the following five years he lived in Brazil and played regularly with Ney Matogrosso,[11][12] Yamandú Costa[13] and Gilberto Gil among many others.[14]

In 2008 he received the Prémio Carlos Paredes award for his album 'À Espera de Armandinho'.[15] In 2011 he started a close collaboration with some of the most promising names of novo fado such as with Raquel Tavares[16] and Ricardo Ribeiro,[17][18][19] exploring new musical approaches to traditional fado music.

Since 2012 Pedro has been the touring musical director with the iconic fado singer Mariza,[20][21] playing with Resistência,[22] combining these activities with his own personal projects such as the Pedro Jóia Trio.[23][24][25]


  • Guadiano - 1996[26]
  • Sueste - 1999[27]
  • Variações Sobre Carlos Paredes - 2001[28]
  • Jacarandá - 2003[29]
  • À Espera de Armandinho - 2007[30]
  • Pedro Jóia Ao Vivo com Orquestra de Câmara Meridional - 2015[31]


  1. ^ Núria, Martorell (14 March 2014). "Pedro Jóia, la mejor guitarra portuguesa". El Periódico (in Spanish).
  2. ^ Núria, Martorell (22 May 2014). "Pedro Jóia: "Já amei e odiei a guitarra ao mesmo tempo"". Sapo (in Portuguese).
  3. ^ Sousa, Rui Manuel (3 September 2015). "Pedro Jóia". Artes & Contextos (in Portuguese).
  4. ^ "Pedro Jóia". Espelho de Cultura.
  5. ^ Vieira, Yvette. "The scholar of the guitar". A Look at the Portuguese World.
  6. ^ "About The Performer". LA Phil.
  7. ^ "Guitarrista Pedro Jóia atua pela primeira vez na China". RTP Notícias (in Portuguese). 15 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Guitarrista Pedro Jóia atua em Macau com "várias linguagens e compositores"". Cultura Ao Minuto (in Portuguese). 17 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Pedro Jóia Trio en concerto na China". Sapo (in Portuguese). 22 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Pedro Jóia". Museu do Fado (in Portuguese).
  11. ^ "Pedro Jóia (feat. Ney Matogrosso)". MusicMe (in Portuguese).
  12. ^ "Canto em Qualquer Canto". UOL (in Portuguese). 21 September 2008.
  13. ^ "Yamandú Coast CCB". Bloom Music Academy (in Portuguese). 24 November 2009.
  14. ^ "Bobby McFerrin convida Pedro Jóia para concertos em Portugal". Sapo (in Portuguese). 9 May 2008.
  15. ^ "Pedro Jóia vence "Prémio Carlos Paredes 2008"". O Mirante (in Portuguese). 25 September 2008.
  16. ^ "Raquel Tavares & Pedro Jóia". Guide Do Lazer Música (in Portuguese).
  17. ^ "Pedro Jóia. A vida, a carreira e a indivorciável guitarra..." XpressingMusic (in Portuguese). 15 August 2014.
  18. ^ "Pedro Jóia actua no São Luiz Teatro Municipal este sábado". Sapo (in Portuguese). 27 November 2014.
  19. ^ "Ricardo Ribeiro debuts at CUNY Graduate Center" (in Portuguese). 3 September 2014.
  20. ^ "Mariza apresenta hoje ao vivo em Lisboa o novo álbum "Mundo"". Sapo24 (in Portuguese). 7 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Mariza Tour Dates". Mariza.
  22. ^ "Resistência". Musicaovivopt (in Portuguese).
  23. ^ "Pedro Jóia Trio". Festa Avante! (in Portuguese). 7 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Pedro Jóia e Quarteto Arabesco no CCB". RTP (in Portuguese). 17 April 2015.
  25. ^ "António Costa volta a abrir São Bento no 25 de Abril". Expresso (in Portuguese). 22 April 2015.
  26. ^ "Pedro Jóia'Guadiano'". Discogs.
  27. ^ "Pedro Jóia'Sudeste'". Spotify.
  28. ^ "Pedro Jóia'Variações Sobre Carlos Paredes'". Discogs.
  29. ^ "Pedro Jóia'Jacarandá'". AllMusic.
  30. ^ "Pedro Jóia'À Espera de Armandinho'". FNAC (in Portuguese).
  31. ^ "'Pedro Jóia Ao Vivo com Orquestra de Câmara Meridional'". CCB (in Portuguese).