João Rocha is a Brazilian conductor, born in Santos-SP, and holds a bachelor's degree in music from Unicamp (BRA). As a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he was a guest student at the Hochschule Für Musik and Theater Rostock. Rocha also holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the Conservatory-College of Music at  the University of Cincinnati and is finishing his PhD in Musical Arts (ABD) at the University of Kentucky.

Laureate with international awards, Rocha was one of the three finalists of the Smoky Mountains International Conducting Competition (USA) in June 2019. As a composer, in 2014 Rocha received the honorary award at the “Panorama of Brazilian Music”, in Rio de Janeiro, for his work “Deliriamentos...about a Guinga theme” for symphony orchestra. In 2012 he won the “Eleazar de Carvalho” award for young soloists and conductors – the most prestigious conductor contest in Brazil.

Throughout his career, he received guidance from renowned conductors such as Marin Alsop (USA), Nicolas Pasquet (Germany), Neil Thomson (England), John Nardolillo (USA), Mark Gibson (USA), Isaac Karabtchevsky, Roberto Tibiriçá and Fabio Mechetti (Brazil). Throughout career, João Rocha has conducted in renowned concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall, in New York,

and 2020 he served as assistant conductor for the University Of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Today he is principal conductor of the Oxford Chamber Ensemble – which has had its premiere delayed due to the pandemic – in the city of Oxford, Ohio, where he currently resides.


Recognized for his eclecticism, João Rocha has established himself as a conductor, composer, arranger and pianist, being requested by orchestras and musicians from Brazil, the USA and Europe. Recently, his compositions have been performed and recorded by orchestras such as the University of  São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSUSP) and the Tatuí Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and artists such as the violinist Emmanuele Baldini, the bass baritone Fellipe Oliveira, maestro Lincoln Andrade, among others.


Still in 2022, Rocha’s Concerto For Piano And Orchestra No.01 will be premiered. As it is scheduled for 2023 the premiere of his “Chamber Symphony”. João Rocha also develops intense activity as a composer and performer of chamber music with the voice and piano duo Duo Rocha-Gândara. Created  in 2017, it will make its debut inBrazil in November 2022, alongside OCAM – USP Chamber Orchestra.