João Vaz desenvolveu uma intensa carreira internacional como concertista, docente em cursos de interpretação ou membro de júris de concursos internacionais. Tem dedicado grande parte da sua actividade ao estudo e divulgação da música portuguesa para órgão, gravando um número significativo de CDs em instrumentos históricos. Actualmente lecciona na Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, é director artístico de vários eventos organísticos em Portugal e titular do órgão histórico da Igreja de São Vicente de Fora em Lisboa.
João Vaz developed an intense international career as a recitalist, teacher in performance courses and as a jury member in international organ competitions. He has devoted a large part of his activity to the study and promotion of Portuguese organ music and recorded a significant number of CDs on historic instruments. He currently teaches at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and he is the artistic director of several organ cycles in Portugal, as well of titular organist at São São Vicente de Fora in Lisbon.
The Orgelbüchlein Project is a major international composition project to complete J S Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (Little Organ Book). It is curated by William Whitehead.
The manuscript of Orgelbüchlein has 118 missing pieces, ghostly gaps with only the title penned by Bach. Each of these gaps will be filled by a new composition based on Bach’s intended melody. The new pieces, written by the most interesting composers at work today, will survey a range of modern styles.
João Vaz will visit the UK in June 2018, playing Orgelbüchlein-themed recitals in Westminster Abbey (10/6) and St Lawrence Jewry (12/6). His Herr Jesu Christ, wahr Mensch und Gott will be heard in premiere at the Abbey. Visit supported by the Instituto Camões.