João Carlos started his professional career as violist in the Minas Gerais Philharmonic, where he holds the position of Principal Viola since 2009. Born in Juiz de Fora, the musician previously served as a member of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra and the Radamés Gnattali Quartet. With this group, he received the 2007-2009 Rumos Itaú Cultural Award. A chamber music enthusiast, João Carlos leads the Villani-Côrtes Trio, formed with Minas Gerais Philharmonic colleagues Jovana Trifunovic and Eduardo Swerts. Recently, the trio released the album Três Tons Brasileiros [Three Brazilian Tones]. As a soloist, Ferreira performed with Petrobras, Espírito Santo, Federal University of Minas Gerais and Federal University of Rio de Janeiro symphony orchestras, as well as with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic. Other remarkable performances were given alongside Antonio Meneses, Roman Simovic, Márcio Carneiro, Bessler Quartet and Sigiswald Kuijken.