André Nadais was born in Portugal in 1997. At the age of 9 he began his percussion studies at the Music Conservatory of Jobra. In 2012, he was admitted on the Professional Course specialized in percussion at the same school. In 2015 he moved to England to study at the Royal Northern College of Music where he won an ABRSM Scholarship. In 2019 he was selected to be part of the 2019-20 International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music.
He has worked with names as Keiko Abe, Pedro Carneiro, Jeffery Davis, Pedro Fernandes, Christian Dierstein, Miquel Bernat, Peter Vulperhorst, David Friedman, Casey Cangelosi, Chin Cheng Lin, Bogdan Bacanu and the Wave Quartet, Marta Klimasara, Joby Burgess, Colin Currie, Simone Rebello, Leo Le Yu, Joe Locke, Ney Rosauro, SO Percussion, among others.
In solo competitions he was awarded in 2010 with the First Prize at the Contest Tumpa-Tumpa, in 2011 with the First Prize at the Contest Hall Premium, in 2014 with the First Prize at the Tomarimbando International Marimba Competition, in 2015 the First Prize at the RNCM Southern Percussion Competition and in 2016 the Second Prize at the Southern Percussion Young Tuned Percussionist of the Year, the First Prize at the RNCM Concerto Competition and a Yamaha Scholarship. Recently, was awarded the 2019 Silver Medal by the Musicians' Company and became the Yeoman of the Musicians' Company.
Between 2011 and 2015 he was a member of ARMAB (Professional Wind Orchestra in Portugal). With this orchestra he won in 2011 the Third Prize at the Certamen International de Bandas de Musica de Valencia in Spain, and in 2012 and 2014 the First Prize at the Symphonic Bands Contest Ateneu Artístico Vila Franquense. Wind Band performance highlights includes concerts in Portugal, Spain and France.
He is also member of the 2€DUO together with Pedro Tavares that is a marimba/percussion duo resident in Portugal. This dynamic duo has won in 2015 the Second Prize with Distinction at the Gilberta Paiva Chamber Music Competition and the First Prize at the Portuguese Young Musician of the Year.
Recently, together with the RNCM Percussion Ensemble he has won the First Prize at the 13th National Percussion Competition in Shanghai, China.
"Energetic, exciting, rising star of tomorrow."
Yu Le, Yamaha Artist
"Andre is an exceptionally talented and versatile solo percussionist with a very promising career ahead of him."
Simone Rebello, Yamaha Artist and Director of Percussion at RNCM