Details of his life are sparse. He was born in Alcáçovas, and is known to have studied with Manuel Mendes at Évora. His first position was as mestre de capela of the cathedral of Évora; by 1594 he was mestre de capela at the cathedral in Lisbon. He was also a professor of music at the Colégio do Claustro da Sé in Lisbon, where he taught Manuel Machado, and late in life he was director of a seminary in the same city.
While chronologically his life overlapped with the beginning of the Baroque music era, he was a composer who used the techniques of Renaissance, Palestrinian polyphony throughout his life, as could be expected in a musically conservative area isolated from the progressive musical trends of Italy and Germany. He published six books of sacred music, including masses, responsories, antiphons, magnificats and motets.