Composer, Multi-instrumentist and Producer.
"Júlio Pereira has guided his artistic
concerns by criteria that take the
universality of cultural expressions as
reference. This, in no way contradicts
the importance of his work on the
portuguese traditional music and on the
ethnic consideration of the sounds and
its roots. That work always had as
horizon the incorporation of the
portuguese tradition on the aesthetic
currents that mark the successive "contemporaneities"..
Joăo Luís Oliva
With 7 years old Júlio learns to
play mandolin with his father. During his teenage
years he takes part in several rock bands such as
Xarhanga and Petrus Castrus, with whom he records
From his 20's (the year of April 74's revolution in
Portugal) till his 30's, he collaborates - in
concert and records - with the most important
composers of Portugal, highlights to his
collaboration with José Afonso - since 1979 - with
whom he collaborates regularly playing in several
countries of the world and co-producing José’s last
Still in that decade, Júlio works as a musician in
some theater groups with directors such as Augusto
Boal, Águeda Sena and Joăo Perry. He also records
his first solo albums as an author: Bota-Fora,
Fernandinho vai ó vinho, Lisboémia and
Măos de Fada.
In 1981 Júlio releases the album Cavaquinho,
a work that opened new doors to the Portuguese
music, entirely instrumental, and a result of a long
research - winning all the music awards of Portugal
- beginning his way as instrumentist.
From 1983 till 2003 Júlio launched regularly the
following records, some of them awarded: Braguesa
1983, Nortada 1983, Cadoi 1984, Os
sete instrumentos 1986, Miradouro 1987
Janelas Verdes 1990, O meu Bandolim 1991,
Acústico 1994, Lau Eskutara 1995 (recorded
in the Basque Country, Spain with Kepa Junkera),
Rituais 2000 (that was the basis to the
choreography with the same name, of Rui Lopes Graça
and the ballet dancers of Companhia Nacional de
Bailado), and Faz-de-conta 2003 (the first
multimedia CD for children in Portugal).
Júlio then continues to perform in several concerts
around the world, producing, orchestrating and
participating as multi-instrumentist in multiple
albums of other authors while collaborating, at the
same time with several names of music, such as:
Kepa Junkera, Pete Seeger, Mestisay
and The Chieftains - with whom he records the
album Santiago that won a Grammy Award in 1995.
In 2006 Júlio collaborates in the film Fados,
from Carlos Saura, with Chico Buarque
and Carlos do Carmo, producing the theme
Still with the Mandolin, he records in 2008 the
album Geografias and creates a concert with
the same name. Performing in Portugal and other
countries around the world.
In 2010 Júlio releases the album Graffiti, an
album that counts with the participation of singers
from different countries: Dulce Pontes, Maria Joăo,
Sara Tavares, Olga Cerpa (Spain), Nancy Vieira (Cape
Verde) e Luanda Cozetti (Brazil).
For all concerts made during these years, it stands
out the one Júlio directed in the Théâtre de la
Ville in Paris (2012), a tribute to José Afonso
with current artists as António Zambujo, Mayra
Andrade, Joăo Afonso, etc..
In 2013 he turns to cavaquinho and records the album
Cavaquinho.pt as the star for a new phase,
focused on this instrument. For this, Júlio
constitutes the Cultural Association Museu
Cavaquinho that aims to document, preserve and
promote the history and practice of this instrument.
Júlio Pereira has 20 author albums and participates
as instrumentalist, music director or producer in
about 80 albuns of other artists.
In 2015, Júlio was awarded a Medal of Honor by SPA -
Portuguese Society of Authors as well as the Grand
Officer of Infante D.Henrique Order, awarded by the
State of Portugal.