Jano Lisboa is 1st prize winner in both Viola and Chamber Music categories in the Prémio Jovens Músicos in Lisbon (Portugal) and prizewinner in the Watson Forbes International Viola Competition (Scotland). He is also the winner of the 2006 NEC Mozart Concerto Competition in Boston.
He traded the piano for the viola at the age of 13 and studied with José Luis Duarte and Paul Wakabayashi. Then he travelled to Boston in the USA to study with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory where he graduated with a Masters of Music diploma.
Mr. Lisboa was member of the Quatuor Benaïm during 2007–08 with whom he toured through Europe, Japan and Israel. From September 2013 he is the Principal Viola of the Munich Philharmonic.
He performs regularly solo and chamber music recitals all around Europe, USA, Brazil, Asia and Africa. Jano Lisboa has played in prestigious venues such as Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Boston’s Jordan Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Munich’s Herkulessaal and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
His chamber music partners were Peter Donohoe, Tabea Zimmermann, the Endellion String Quartet, Miguel da Silva, Vincent Planès a. o.
Mr. Lisboa worked with Tigran Mansurian the composer’s Viola Concerto …and then I was in time again that was nationally premiered in Portugal in 2006 with the Algarve Orchestra. His commitment to promote Portuguese music drove him to perform the Fernando Lopes-Graça’s Viola Concertino and the Viola Concerto from Alexandre Delgado with the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. In 2010 he performed Hindemith’s Viola Concerto Der Schwanendreher with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. Recently Mr. Lisboa premiered his orchestration of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Romance for viola and chamber orchestra.
Jano Lisboa plays a viola by Ettore Siega from 1932.