Filipe Melo (1977)

Filipe Melo (1977) began his classical music studies at the age of 13. His fascination with computers led him to be questioned for computer hacking at the age of 15. That was the moment he decided he would dedicate his life to the piano and to the study of music. Inspired by Oscar Peterson and Herbie Hancock, he found that jazz was the most natural form of expression for him. 

A student of the portuguese Hotclube, he pursued his studies at the Berklee College of Music, where he got a degree in Piano Performance. He had the opportunity to play with the Berklee Concert jazz orquestra at the MIT, and to accompany many jazz masters, such as Kevin Mahogany, Herb Pomeroy, etc.

He had classes and workshops with pianistsJoanne Brackeen, Ray Santisi, Benny Green, James Williams, Aaron Goldberg and Monty Alexander. In 1997 he is awarded with the Berklee award for Outstanding musicianship, and invited to play at the Umbria Jazz Festival. 

After school, he returns to Portugal and starts his trio. After recording their album, "Debut", this trio played all over Portugal, in most jazz revenues and festivals. Also, at age 20, he is invited to teach at EPMA (Almada Professional Music School), and at the Hotclube, soon after that, where he becomes the coordinator of the Piano Department. 

He receives the "Villas Boas Award" and "Jazz Portugal.pt" awards for his music. 

He accompanied many portuguese and international artists such as Donald Harrison Jr, Camané, Carlos do Carmo, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Sinfonietta de Lisboa, Hal 'Cornbread' Singer, Herb Geller, Perico Sambeat, Darren Barrett, Pedro Moreira, João Moreira, Bernardo Moreira, Carlos Barretto, Laurent Filipe, Jacinta, Lena D’ àgua, Jesus Santandreu, Laurent Filipe, Bruno Santos e Marta Hugon. 

He also arranged became an arranger in numerous settings, Big Band and Symphony Orquestra, for artists such as Camané, Carlos do Carmo, GNR.

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