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Fernando Miguel Jalôto studied the harpsichord at the Oporto Conservatory with Maria de Lourdes Alves, and at the Early Music and Historical Performance Practice Department of the Royal Conservatory, The Hague (Netherlands) where he completed his bachelor and master's degrees in harpsichord with Jacques Ogg. He attended master classes with Gustav Leonhardt, Olivier Baumont, Laurence Cummings, Ketil Haugsand and Ilton Wjuniski, and also studied the clavichord and baroque organ. He has a master's degree in Music at Aveiro University and is currently studying for a PhD in Historical Musicology with a grant from the Foundation for Science and Technology at the New University of Lisbon. He has been a member of the Académie Baroque Européenne de Ambronay and the Belgian Academy MUSICA. 

Miguel is principal guest continuo player with the Orquestra Barroca Casa da Música (Porto) under the direction of Laurence Cummings, and principal guest harpsichord, fortepiano and organ player with the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra in Lisbon, under the direction of Paul McCreesh. He was the regular harpsichordist of the baroque orchestra Divino Sospiro for seven years under the direction of Enrico Onofri, frequently performing as soloist at important venues in Portugal, France, Spain, Bulgaria, Poland and Japan. He collaborates with such prestigious groups as La Galanía (Raquel Andueza); Capilla Flamenca (Dirk Snellings); Oltremontano (Wim Becu); La Colombina (Josep Cabré); and the Portuguese Ensemble Bonne Corde (Diana Vinagre). He has recorded for the labels Ramée/Outhere, Glossa Music, Anima e Corpo, Dynamic and Naxos. 

With the baroque-flutist Joana Amorim, Miguel has created his own early music group, the Ludovice Ensemble, devoted to the performance instrumental and vocal chamber music of the 17th and 18th century, with particular emphasis on Portuguese, French and Italian repertoires. The Ludovice Ensemble is prominent on the Portuguese early music scene and often performs abroad at important venues like Utrecht's Oudemuziek Festival, AMUZ Antwerp Festival, La Chaise-Dieu Festival in France, and the Summer Early Music Festival in Prague. The ensemble is also a regular guest at Spanish festivals, including San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Lugo, Jaca, Vitoria, Peñiscola, and Daroca. He has performed under the direction of Chiara Banchini, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Christina Pluhar, Harry Christophers, Antonio Florio, Andrew Parrott, Fabio Biondi, Christophe Rousset, Ton Koopman, Paul Hillier, Marco Mencoboni and Leonardo García Alarcón, and shared the platform with soloists such as Maria Cristina Kiehr, Marc Hantaï, Alfredo Bernardini, Vittorio Ghielmi, Riccardo Minasi, Roberta Invernizzi, Marcelo Gatti and Christophe Coin.  

 

 

 

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