João Andrade was born in Ponta Delgada, S. Miguel island, Azores, Portugal, and started learning the violin at age 9 under the guidance of the American Professor Shelley Ross, concluding his studies with distinction in Ponta Delgada Regional Conservatory in 2006.
He was admitted to the Portuguese Professor Aníbal Lima, a pupil of Sergei Kravchenko at Moscow Conservatory and concertmaster of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, who is currently his teacher at the Metropolitan National Academy in Lisbon.
João has played in masterclasses given by Zakhar Bron, Gerardo Ribeiro, Daniel Rowland, Serguei Kravchenko, Alexander Trostiniansky, Daniel Garlitsky and Danusha Waskiewickz.
He has appeared in recitals with the Russian pianist Alexei Eremine, soloed with Ponta Delgada Chamber Orchestra and Horta Camerata playing works by A. Vivaldi, W. A. Mozart and L. van Beethoven and was finalist at the 2011 competitions «Young Violinists 2011» and «Young Musicians Prize 2011» held in Lisbon.
Since 2005, he has attended the Meadowmount School of Music, USA, until 2007, studying with Professor Gerardo Ribeiro and chamber music with personalities such as Steven Rochen, Mellisa Kraut, Kathryn Votapek or Patricia McCarty.
He has collaborated with orchestras such as Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, Portuguese Chamber Orchestra, Collegium Orpheus (France), amoung others, working with conductors as Michael Zilm, Julia Jones, Martin Andre, Jean Sebastien Berrau, Jean-Marc Burfin or Cesário Costa.