Portuguese parentage, Chaminé was born in
Porto. He began his musical studies (
guitar, choral and orchestra
conducting) at an early age. After studying law at
Coimbra University, he decided to become a singer and received a scholarship from the
Gulbenkian Foundation to further his studies in
Munich, and in
New York City with personalities like Lola Rodriguez Aragon,
Teresa Berganza and
He made his
Carnegie Hall debut with
Seiji Ozawa and the
Boston Symphony Orchestra and has also performed with the
London Symphony Orchestra, the
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and the
Ensemble Intercontemporain among others. In 1988, he won the
Menuhin Foundation Award which led him to perform internationally under the direction of
. He has appeared with Claudio Scimone,
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,
Michel Corboz, and
Ros Marbà, and appeared in opera performances and concerts alongside
Montserrat Caballé and
He is equally at home in the English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese languages and repertory.
He is a regular performer of
fado and the songs of
Vinicius de Moraes and
Jobim—the music and languages of his own origins. He has recorded for
Sons Croisés/Exodos and
Chaminé has won a number of honours, prizes and awards. He is frequently invited as a guest teacher and gives master classes in a number of music academies in
Sons Croisés for musicians of all disciplines which is held regularly at the Spanish College in Paris (Colegio de España). More than 200 musicians from 47 countries worked with him in these Workshops.
He is president-Artistic Director of the
CIMA Festival in
Tuscany. He is also vice-president of the
Georges Bizet Association. He was nominated Music Ambassador of the organisation Music in ME (Music in Middle East)at the
UNESCO in May 2005.
 Since then he has also been a member of the Board of Directors of Music in ME International and president of Music in ME France. He created and is the Artistic Director of the Festival Ibériades and the Artistic Director of the Festival de Bougival. He received from
Federico Mayor the Human Rights Medal of the
Unesco. Lately, Jorge Chaminé became guest teacher of the
University of Stanford (International Program), and with the sustain of the EU he created a project Music4Rom, for the recognition of the contribution of Rom music in the classical music.
 www.music4rom.com. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.
 Since 2015 he is the founder and president of the CEM www.centreeuropeendemusique.fr.