João Vargas

Born in 1996, João started to play the double bass when he was six years old.

He studied with Pedro Wallenstein and Romeu Santos in Conservatório da Metropolitana de Lisboa and after with Manuel Rego in Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He currently studies in Codarts in Rotterdam with Luis Cabrera.

He played in several professional orchestras and youth orchestras such as: Jovem Orquestra Portuguesa, Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée, Jong Metropole, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra Gulbenkian, Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa, Orchestre de Picardie, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Pynarello and has been a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra since 2019.

João also participated in the XIII and XIV International Early Music Course from Esmae where he had his first contact with viola da gamba with Xurxo Varela and baroque orchestra with Stefano Veggetti. In 2018 he also recorded an album with Sónia Oliveira with contemporary music for double bass and voice.

He is the current holder of a scholarship by Gulbenkian Foundation.