João Fonseca e Costa (1994), born in Ponta Delgada (Azores, Portugal), began his musical studies at Conservatório Regional de Ponta Delgada in Violin, with Lídia Medeiros, and later in Viola, with Shelly Ross, finishing the conservatory in 2012, with a final grade of 17.
In the same year, he started his studies in the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML), where he worked with Luís Tinoco, Sérgio Azevedo, António Pinho Vargas, Carlos Caires, Carlos Marecos, Roberto Pérez and Carlos Fernandes, concluding the Bachelor´s Degree in Composition in 2015.
Parallel to the composition, he has been working as a singer (bass) since 2009, which began in Azores with Orfeão Edmundo Machado Oliveira and J.S. Bach Choirs, both conducted by Cristiana Spadaro. Between 2012 and 2017, he became a member of the ESML Chamber and Symphonic Choirs, conducted by Paulo Lourenço and since 2015 is a member of the Ricercare Choir, conducted by Pedro Teixeira. With these choirs he participated in several concerts and choral festivals in Portugal and abroad, including the International Summer Choral Festival in Centro Cultural de Belém, International Music Festival of Ankara, Setúbal Music Festival, Eternal Voices Concert in Madrid, etc.
João also participated in the 1st workshop of the Gulbenkian Choir in 2016, culminating in a concert directed by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. One year later, he collaborated as a reinforcement of the Gulbenkian Choir in two concerts: the first was conducted by Sussana Mäikki and the second by Paul McCreesh. In 2017 he participated with Ecce Ensemble Choir, conducted by Paulo Lourenço, in two international choral festivals in China, that were organized by the Internacional Federation for Choral Music (IFCM): China (Qiandongnan) Internacional Folk Song Choral in Kaili City and 14th China Inner Mongolia Grassland Culture Festival and Internacional Federation for Choral Music “Sound From the Silk Road” Choral Festival in Hohhot City.
Currently, João is a member of Gulbenkian Choir (since 2017), Ricercare Choir, Ecce Ensemble Choir and Vocal Ensemble Desafinados.