Residence: Berlin, Germany
Born in 1976, João Miguel Pais began his musical studies with piano and violin. His first contact with composition was in 1993, studying with Evgueni Zoudilkine at the Escola Profissional de Arcos do Estoril in Cascais. From 1996 to 2000, Pais continued his studies at the Music High School in Lisbon, under Christopher Bochmann and António Pinho Vargas. In 1998, he studied at the Royal College of Music with Jeremy Dale Roberts. Since 2002, he has been studying composition with mathias spahlinger, and electroacoustics with Mesias Maiguaschca, in the Musikhochschule Freiburg, Germany, as part of his Künstlerische Ausbildung degree.
João Miguel Pais has further complemented his professional formation through participation in courses in Lisbon (Emmanuel Nunes), Paris-Ircam (Salvatore Sciarrino), and Darmstadt (Germany). In 1997, with Diana Ferreira and Luís Antunes Pena, Pais founded the Jornadas Nova Música in Aveiro, Portugal, a festival dedicated to new music.
Date: May 17, 2003