Joel Cardoso is a member of the City Light Orchestra (resident at the KKL) and regularly collaborates with the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (OSI) and the Argovia Philharmonic.
Joel is the winner of more than two dozen international competitions and prizes in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Thailand, Poland and Peru.
He has participated in music festivals in Lucerne, Zermatt, Grafenegg, Aurora, Animato, Höri and Davos. He is an ambassador of the Lucerne Festival Academy, where he collaborated with the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra (LFCO). He was twice selected for the Zermatt Music Festival and Academy, where he worked with musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic.
After auditioning, he was invited to play with the Estonian National Opera and the Orquestra Sinfónica de Madrid (Teatro Real).
He got his first diploma with full marks in Domingos Castro's class at the Guimarães Conservatory and graduated from the University of Minho with Vitor Matos, before being invited to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen with Chen Halevi, where he learned historically informed performance techniques. He completed a master's degree at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana under François Benda and Jordi Pons, where he received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Since 2021 he has been studying at the Hochschule Luzern with Paolo Beltramini and Robert Pickup.
Joel is a multifaceted clarinetist with millions of views of his Rovere Trio on YouTube and on his personal Instagram and TikTok accounts.