Filipe Fernandes


Born in Funchal, Filipe Fernandes began his violin studies at the age of six with teacher Nana Khachkalyan at the “Gabinete Coordenador de Educação Artística”, and later joined the Professional Instrumentalist course at the Conservatório-Escola Profissional das Artes da Madeira, Eng . .o Luíz Peter Clode, in Professor Norberto Gomes's violin class, after having concluded it with the maximum classification. In 2013, Filipe was concertmaster of the Youth Orchestra of the Official Music Conservatories of Portugal, in Lisbon, under the direction of maestro Jean Sébastien Béreau.
Filipe is regularly invited to work as a substitute musician in some of the most important orchestras in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Sinfonia Rotterdam.
Considered one of the most promising Portuguese violinists of his generation, he was invited to perform as a soloist with the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira and in 2019 was a finalist in the International Leonid Kogan Competition in Brussels, having received his bachelor's degree at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, in the class of Ilya Grubert and Maria Milstein.

In 2021 he received the 3rd prize in the Prémio Jovens Músicos, the most important competition for young musicians in Portugal, having also completed his master's degree at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, generously funded with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Filipe also participated in several festivals where he had the opportunity to work with artists such as Sergey Khachatryan, Stephan Picard, Boris Garlitsky, Boris Brovtsyn, Jack Liebeck, Alissa Margulis, Yuri Zhishlin, Eliot Lawson, Maria Milstein, Liviu Prunaru, Christian Altenburger , Tanja Becker-Bender, Christoph Schickedanz and Ilya Grubert.
Filipe was academician of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and since 2022 Filipe is co-leader of the second violin section of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

'A musician who can really give music a human voice'