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Joao Andrade

"Students don’t just come here for classes and then go home again, they stay and practice. There is music everywhere."

Joao Andrade

Exchange student from the Escola Superior de Musica De Lisboa in Portugal, studying the Performance Programme. He started playing the violin when he was nine years old. Originally he planned to pursue a career in music instead.

Motivating and inspiring teacher
I came to the Malmö Academy of Music in the autumn of 2009 as an exchange student. I intended on being here for just one term, but I liked it so much that I decided to stay and now I have just started my third term of study at the Academy.

My decision to stay was mostly due to my teacher Matthew Trusler. His way of working and the joy he gets from his job as a teacher are very motivating and inspiring for me. You can really feel that he loves the music. I have personally developed my interpretation skills and an ability to place myself in the music when I play. Teachers are often quite strict concerning technical aspects such as fingering and bowing. Matthew has a totally different approach and lets me use my own technique as long as it sounds correct and good.

Concert opportunities
The best thing with the Malmö Academy of Music is the opportunities given to us to organise our own concerts. If you have a programme which you want to perform then you just book a concert hall. I also really appreciate the library. It has an excellent range of music literature and a large album collection. If there is something you specifically want then the staff can order it for you.

There is a special atmosphere at the Academy. Students don’t just come here for classes and then go home again, they stay and practice. There is music everywhere.