Musician

Paulo Jorge Ferreira was born in Lisbon in 1966. He began his musical studies at the age of five with professor José António Sousa. The deep study dedicated to the accordion, with his qualified professor, gave him the opportunity of participating in national and international contests, achieving distinguished classifications. Along his musical learning he attended seminaries directed by some of the most prestigious contemporary accordionists.His accordion course was accomplished in Vitorino Matono Musical Institute, having posteriorly finished his superior studies in the Castelo Branco Superior School of Applied Arts.

He has performed solo and chamber music concerts, both national and internationally, namely in France, Mexico, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Macau, Spain, Hungary, Holland and Germany, playing with highly honoured portuguese and foreign musicians. During his career he has performed in some of the most important european concert halls like the Musik Werein, Muziekgebouw, De Single, Odéon Teathre de L’Europe, Teátrum House of Future, Berliner Philarmoniker, among others. He also has participated as an instrumentist, in several orchestra pieces’s premières, ensemble and chamber music, that include the accordion.

He has been invited as a guest musician by symphony and chamber orchestras, for example, Beijin Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Porto Symphony Orchestra  Casa da Música, Lisboa Sinfonieta, Utopica Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, and as a solist with Esart Ensemble, Remix Ensemble, Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra and Portuguese Symphony Band, working along with famous international conductors, as Stefan Asbury, Jürgen Hempel, Lawrence Foster, Peter Rundel, Martin André, Emílio Pomarico, Carl St. Clair. He collaborates in a regular basis with Remix Ensemble, Gulbenkian Orchestra and Porto Symphony Orchestra Casa da Música.

Along his musical carrier Paulo Jorge has been participating in several discographic recordings, radio and television programs.

In 2004, it was published by “Numérica” a solo cd, “Percursos”.

Paulo Jorge Ferreira has recorded a very nice collection of pieces, both original and transcribed, for the accordion, an instrument for which he obviously has a great feeling!

The music is interesting and quite well performed; it provides many different sounds and styles for the player to exhibit his technical and musical aptitude as well as the instrument’s great possibilities. Indeed, his technique is very clean and accurate in both hands and is captured well by the recording technicians of this CD, something not always so apparent in the studio!

Paulo Jorge Ferreira also shows his own gifts for arranging and composing for the accordion. He lectures in the Applied Arts Superior School in Castelo Branco.

For me, well, I have my favorite pieces but you will need to listen for yourself and select your own! The CD is worth your time and expense to take this Percursos (journey).

You will enjoy it.

Prof. Joan Sommers

(President of Accordionists and Teachers Guild International)