Filipe Quaresma, “… one of the most interesting Portuguese musicians of today” (P. Santos, January 2015, Público) with a “…. precise and superbly articulated way of playing, full of passion and often quite contemplative … “(D. Ketler, July 2015, The Strad Magazine) reconciles his intense solo career and chamber music with the activity of cello teacher at ESMAE. Principal cello of the Baroque Orchestra of Casa da Música (CdM) and the Darcos Ensemble, principal-guest cello of the Remix Ensemble CdM and the Sond’Ar-te Electric Ensemble, and since 2013, guest cello of the Orchester Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Filipe has played in the main Portuguese and European venues, among which are Casa da Música, Gulbenkian Foundation, CCB, Philharmonie de Paris, Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Tonhalle Zürich, Wiener Konzerthaus, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Palau de la Música of Barcelona, working with musicians like Martha Argerich, Miguel Azguime, Fabio Biondi, Laurence Cummings, Harry Christophers, James Dillon, Pascal Dusapin, Peter Eötvös, Barbara Hannigan, Paul Hillier, Heinz Holliger, Helmut Lachenmann, Reinbert de Leeuw, Brad Lubman, Paulo Gaio Lima, Emmanuel Nunes, Nuno Côrte Real, António Rosado, Peter Rundel, Andrea Staier, Maxim Vengerov, among others.
He began his musical studies with the piano at the age of six in Covilhã, his native city, where at age of twelve he began to study cello with Rogério Peixinho at EPABI. Later, in London and Florence, he studied with David Strange, Mats Lidström and Natalia Gutman. Filipe participated in masterclasses with Colin Carr, Zara Nelsova, Frans Helmerson, Anssi Karttunen, Jian Wang, Eliaz Arizcuren, Márcio Carneiro, Luís Sá Pessoa, among others.
He has received several prizes and scholarships of international prestige: Valter Boccacini Prize from Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, Young Musicians Prize – RDP Antena 2, Júlio Cardona International Competition – Covilhã, Portuguese Musical Youth, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship, Norah Mary Turner Trust Award, Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, Foundation Award, S & M Eyres Scholarship and Guilhermina Suggia Scholarship. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious title ARAM (Associate Royal Academy of Music).
For four consecutive years he was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, and from 2002 to 2003 he has also been a guest musician at the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Ensemble and the City of Granada Orchestra , Having had the opportunity to work under the direction of masters such as M. Janssons, S. Osawa, K. Penderecki, Z. Metha, Sir Colin Davis, V. Askenhazy, B. Haitink, among others.
Since his debut at age 16, he has performed solo numerous times with several orchestras. In 2017 will play with the Orchestra of Extremadura Brahms’s double concerto and will make the world premiere of Luís Tinoco’s cello concerto, dedicated to him, with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra.
Filipe has numerous recordings, with the most varied formations. In 2014, with the support of GDA, he released his first solo album “Portuguese Music for Solo Cello”, exclusively filled with works by Portuguese composers, including R. Azevedo’s “Labirintho” and R. Ribeiro’s “Quasi Ostinato” dedicated to him, and with which he obtained the best national and international critics.