João Mogo was born in Carviçais, Portugal, and began his musical career in his local wind orchestra. In 1997, he began studying at the Mirandela Professional School of Arts with Maciel Matos. Two years later, he commenced studies in the Espinho Professional School for Music where he studied under Jorge Almeida. In 2002, João attended the Portuguese National Orchestral Academy (ANSO), where he studied took a degree in Trumpet under the classes of David Burt, Rui Mirra and Sérgio Charrinho.
In 2004, João received a scholarship from the College Swanston Fund to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. João studied under the guidance of John Miller and Murray Greig, concluding is degree in 2007. At the RNCM, João performed with all the major ensembles and performed the world première of Matthew Sergeant's Solo Work for Trumpet and Brass Band at the RNCM Brass Festival in 2007.
In 2007, João was appointed Principal trumpet in the Espinho Classical Orchestra.
João has participated in masterclasses with renowned soloists and orchestral musicians, examples such as Häkan Hardenberger, Jan Frederick Christiansen, Allen Vizzutti, Philip Smith, Thomas Stevens, Matthias Höfs, Michael Sachs, Alison Balsom, Markus Stockhausen and Canadian Brass.
In late 2007, João concluded his post degree in Manchester and was awarded a scholarship by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow to continue his studies with John Wallace, Mark O’Keefe and Peter Franks. In May 2008, he obtained his Postgraduate Diploma with great success. Whilst in Scotland, João performed with numerous RSAMD ensembles, including the Symphony Orchestra, the Academy Brass and was chosen to perform Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Trumpets as a soloist with the RSAMD Chamber Orchestra.
João has performed with professional orchestras worldwide and other internationally renowned ensembles, including; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orquestra do Algarve, Orquestra Clássica da Madeira, Orquestra da Extremadura (Badajoz), and Quinteto de Metais do Seixal. João as well has performed alongside several high profile youth orchestras, including; Orquestra Aproarte, Orquestra Nacional de Sopros dos Templários, Orquestra Portuguesa das Escolas de Música, and the International Orchestra of Aberdeen Youth Festival.During his orchestral career, João has worked under the baton of many world famous conductors including Vassily Sinaisky, Ilan Volkov, Gianandrea Noseda, Takuo Yuasa, Stephane Deneve, Andris Nelsons, Elgar Howarth, Ernst Schelle, Patrick Lange, Marc Tardue, Roland Kieft, Baldur Bronnimann, Philippe Bach, Jean-Marc Burfin, Cesário Costa, Brian Shembri, Alvaro Cassuto and Pedro Neves.
João is a highly active chamber musician. He has performed with the Portuguese Trumpet Ensemble, most notably at the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), in Denver, Colorado and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA) in 2004 and 2006 respectively. In addition to this he was a member of the Skyline Brass Quintet, with whom he won the highly coveted Philip Jones Brass Prize in 2007 and was semi finalist of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition. The Skyline Brass Quintet also performed many chamber recitals across the UK and Italy, including a date at the world famous St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.Currently, João is a tutor of Trumpet and Chamber Music at Conservatório Regional do Algarve Maria Campina, Escola das Artes de Sines. In 2008, he was appointed co-principal trumpet of Orquestra do Algarve, now named Orquestra Clássica do Sul.
João is a Vicent Bach Artist and plays with Artisan Bach trumpets.