Joana Gil started her music studies at the age of nine in Conservatório de Música D. Dinis, playing the piano and later the violin. At the age of sixteen, she was accepted at Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional (EMCN), where she studied singing with Manuela de Sá. Joana Gil studies in London with Susan Waters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2009.
In 2010, she was invited to represent the Guildhall School in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition for Young Singers, a competition that distinguishes the best students of the first year of graduation in singing of the most important music’s schools in the United Kingdom.
As a soloist, Joana performed with Lisbon Film Orchestra at Cinema São Jorge (2007 and 2008) and at Aula Magna (2009). She also took part of various projects within the singing class of EMCN, performing in Teatro São Luiz, Centro Cultural de Cascais and Teatro Nacional de São Carlos.
As an opera singer, she sang the roles of First Witch (Dido and Aeneas, Purcell), Ännchen (Der Freischütz, Weber), Sidonie (Armide, Gluck), Bacchis (La Belle Héllène, Offenbach), Despina (Così Fan Tutte, Mozart), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Lucano and Amor (L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi), Atalanta (Serse, Händel) and Morgana (Alcina, Händel).
Joana took masterclasses with L. S. Tuan, R. Lawrers, João Paulo Santos, Armando Vidal, Rudolf Piernay, Laura Sarti and Emma Kirky.
Joana Gil also has a wide choral experience. In 2006, she represented Portugal in the summer session of the World Youth Choir, was member of the Gulbenkian Choir from 2006 to 2009 and in 2011, she joined the female vocal ensemble Alma Mater directed by Belén Barnaus.
In September 2013, Joana started her Masters Degree in singing at Guildhall School and she is kindly supported by The Worshipul Company of Innholders.