Viola & Guitar



João Loureiro was born in Luanda, Angola in 1974. He began his musical studies with Silvestre Fonseca, studying also with Acácio Resende at the Music School of Santarém. In 2001 he concludes his Bachelor of Music at the London College of Music and Media under Professor Carlos Bonell where he was awarded the British Reserve Strings Prize. João continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music, under Professor Timothy Walker, concluding in 2003 his Postgraduate Diploma.

As a soloist João has performed regular recitals in Portugal, Holland, Germany and England and participated in various shows of poetry, music and dance with the ‘A Phala’ goup as well as musical theatre, opera and orchestras such has the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was chosen as the Portuguese representative at the 1st Congress of Unisson International in Germany in 1995 where he played several successful recitals as well as a live broadcast for SDF Radio.

In August 2009, João performed with the Britten Sinfonia in the premiere of Julian Phillips´ opera, “The Yellow Sofa”, at Glyndebourne, returning again for the 2012 festival and tour.

His love of chamber music has led him to establish musical partnerships and perform extensively with flutist Vicki Tofts, flutist Efrain Oscher and the UNOGUITARODUO with whom he recorded a critically acclaimed CD. “… an altogether satisfying album of wonderful music beautifully played. Need I say more?” (in Classical Guitar Magazine)


Isabel Pereira was born in Paris. Her musical studies begin after moving to Portugal with her family when she was 7 years old, first learning the piano and later the viola. In 2000 she moves to London to pursue her training on the viola at the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded a Dip Ram for an outstanding performance in her final recital and the Hilda Wyme Memorial Award for best recital of viola. She concluded there her B Mus (First class) and Postgraduate Degrees with Distinction, under the guidance of Paul Silverthorne.

Her prizes include the 1st. Prize in Young Musicians Award RDP – Portugal; the Moir Carnegie Prize; Theodore Holland Viola Prize and Max Gilbert Prize; honour’s award for chamber music in Young Musicians Award RDP. She was also the recipient of a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Isabel has played recitals in England, Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Japan, has performed as a soloist with the Gulbenkian and Artave Orchestras. She has also taken part in the Brahms and Friends Festival, the Lionel Tertis Viola Festival and the Berio Festival “Omaggio”. Of her performance of the Berio’s Sequenza VI (Southbank Centre/RAM) the critics wrote: “It was poetic and vividly imagined, Pereira moving seamlessly from rough-edged percussive sounds to a voice of creamy, virtuosic intensity.”(in The Strad July 2004)

As a chamber musician and most specifically with TESSITORI she performs regularly in Portugal and the UK, having played at prestigious venues such as St. David’s Hall – Cardiff, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Lisbon, Rosslyn Hill Chapel Hampstead and National Theatre – Southbank - London.

Isabel Pereira also enjoys a busy orchestral career collaborating with the most prestigious orchestras in the country. She also has had trials for Principal Viola of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Viola n°4 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and is currently on trial for Associate Principal Viola of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

TESSITORI is a Viola and Classical Guitar duo formed by award winning and critically acclaimed musicians who met while studying at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Captivated by the singular quality of this combination of instruments they started to look for music that could be arranged for the ensemble aiming at presenting a different perspective on the works of great composers. Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata was the first piece TESSITORI performed. Isabel and João were immediately surprised by the beautiful sonority of the duo and how much they enjoyed making music together. Upon agreeing that their partnership was going to outlive this performance, they started to explore the repertoire, creating a diverse collection of arrangements encompassing several periods of the history of music. In their recitals one may listen to music by J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, and Schubert alongside Manuel de Falla, Piazzolla, Albeniz and  Pärt amongst others. TESSITORI performs frequently in Europe and their debut album has just been released.