Mr. Jordão was born in Angola in 1946.
He studied in Portugal with Helena Sá e Costa and other teachers. In 1967, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation offered him a grant, which enabled him to do a year of advanced study in the United States of America. In 1969, after completed the National Conservatory of Lisbon advanced course with the highest distinction, in Helena Matos class, he continued to study in Paris, under the guidance of Yvonne Lefébure.
He won awards in several Portuguese and international competitions, including the 1st Prize in the Debussy International Competition in France.
Adriano Jordão's artistic career has taken him all over Europe, North and South America, as well as Africa and Asia.
After is American début in the USA (with the Kingsport Symphony in the Tennessee) he played in San Francisco, Washington, Boston and New York, at the Lincoln Center (with the New Orchestra of Boston under David Epstein) on the Carnegie Hall( with the Queen's Symphony under John Neschling) and also in Canada.
His concerts in Brazil, at all the major halls, in Mexico, Venezuela, Paraguay, as in Africa (Senegal, Cape Vert, Angola and Mozambique) or Asia (India, Thailand, China, Korea ,Japan) achieved always great success. Adriano Jordão also appeared, besides of course Portugal, in Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Austria, Finland, Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Turkey.
He has collaborated with all Portuguese top conductors as well as international famous conductors such as Alain Lombard, Sandor Végh, Claudio Scimone, Van Remoortel, Richard Treiber, Christian Mandeal, Horia Andreescu, David Epstein, Peter Feranec, Nicholas Kremmer, Nicholas Braithwake including also several Chinese maestros as Muhai Tang, Yuan Fang or Chen Zou Huang.
A lover of the human voice he collaborated with superstars as Ileana Cotrubas, Peter Schreier, Teresa Berganza, Katia Ricciarelli, Julia Hamari, Lella Cuberli or Alfredo Kraus.
Founder and Artistic Director of the International Macau Music Festival, for the first five years, he was also Artistic Director of the Casa de Mateus Festival, the Azores Festival in all their editions, Director of the International Music Sintra Festival from 2105 to 2017 as well as Artistic Director of Mafra Music Festival from 2016 until today.
With a degree in Law, by the Lisbon University, he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Government as well as the Merit Medal of the Sovereign Order of Malta, among other distinctions. Recently was awarded by the Brazilian Government with the title of Honorary Citizen of Brasilia.
From 2004 until 2011 he was Portugal Cultural Counselor in Brazil and from 2013 until 2016 member of the board of the National Opera House and Ballet, in Lisbon.
In October 2016 he moved to Macao, where he was invited by the Macao Government to participate in the XXX edition of the Macao International Music Festival, a festival he founded in 1986 and with this recital he began the commemorations of his fifty years of artistic career.
In 2017 he performed in recital and with orchestra in Thailand, in Morocco in Brazil and, in Istanbul, by invitation of United Nations celebrating International Women’s Day.
Also in 2017 he toured with the Arabesque Quartet in several cities of Portugal and made an important tour with the Gulbenkian Choir, where he played as soloist in the Petite Messe Solennelle de Rossini, directed by maestro Michel Corboz, extending this collaboration to 2018.
Besides his activities as Artistic Director and soloist all over the world, Adriano Jordão is also member of the Jury of important international competitions.