Joel Cardoso was an undergraduate music student at the University of Minho, before being invited to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen with Chen Halevi, where he was also tutored in Historically Informed Performance techniques. He was a masters’ student at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana under François Benda and Jordi Pons, where he was awarded the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship. Since 2021 he has studied at the Hochschule Luzern with Paolo Beltramini. Joel is a laureate of the International Competition for Wind Instruments Terras De La Salette (Second Prize) and of the Young Artist Clarinet Competition (First Prize). In 2018 he was awarded the Europe Scholarship of the Yamaha Music Foundation. He has appeared at the Zermatt Music Festival and the Davos Music Festival.