João Ceitil was born in Vila Franca de Xira in 1984. He currently attends the Composition course at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML). Having started his musical studies in 1994 at the Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa, he attended the general course of piano until the 4th grade. The musical studies were later interrupted and in 2002 he entered the Painting Course at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon where he graduated. Nevertheless, the passion for music was always present through an active participation of autodidact nature that later, in 2011, gave rise to the application for the Composition course at the ESML. There he pursued his studies having Luís Tinoco as Composition teacher. In 2012 he was invited to participate in the Workshop on Composition for Voice repertoire with Orchestra, under the guidance of the composer Marc-André Dalbavie, under the protocol established between the ESML and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. In 2013 he won the SPA (Portuguese Collective Society) – Antena2 Composition Award integrated in the Young Musicians Prize Contest.