João Barradas, born 1992, is one of the most reputable and accomplished European accordionists, meandering between classical music, jazz and improvised music. He won some of the most prestigious competitions and awards, among them the highly acclaimed Made In New York Jazz Competition where he won the Solo Instrumental Category as well as the All Category Award.
His perfect pitch, sight-reading and excellent technique gave him the opportunity to act in various concert halls among the most famous accordionists, like Richard Galliano, amongst many others.
Barradas has collaborated with numerous renowned jazz musicians, such as Greg Osby, Gil Goldstein, Fabrizio Cassol, Mark Colenburg, Jacob Sacks, Rufus Reid, Federico Malaman, Philip Harper, Bobby Sanabria, Tommy Campbell, Sérgio Carolino, Pedro
Carneiro and many others.
As a contemporary accordionist, João Barradas has collaborated with composers Pedro Carneiro, Nuno da Rocha or Dimitris Andrikopoulos, amongst others.
In 2016, he recorded “Directions”, his first album as bandleader with the New Yorker label Inner Circle Music, produced by Greg Osby and with special participation of Gil Goldstein and Sara Serpa. „Directions“ was released 2017 by NISCHO Records.