There were a few sentimental pieces on EMM, with several by parents ruminating on their children. Isaac’s World is the most literal of the pieces, featuring audio recorded by composer Filipe Leitao during the three years of their son’s life. This was also the only piece I heard utilizing recorded sounds in a rhythmic sampling type way, à la Paul Lansky, specifically Table’s Clear or Idle Chatter. [...] The first words uttered in the piece were striking, emulating what it must feel like to hear a child’s first words (an experience I’ve never felt, and expect this to be a weak facsimile). The piece grew in intensity and joyfulness, ending with a shouted “Isaac!” Isaac’s World was unlike almost all other pieces I heard at EMM, and was executed quite well.
- Diakcritical Kansas City, about my piece 'Isaac's World' performed at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival
Brooks closed his recital with a piece written by Filipe Leitao, whom he describes as “being one of the more talented people I have met in my life.” The piece was accompanied by a video presentation created by videographer Ioanna Mailli.
- The Butler Collegian, about Davis Brooks performing my piece 'Inquietude' for violin and violin-generated sounds
Presented in a beautiful digipak, American violinist Davis Brooks presents Part 2 of his Violin & Electronics series. [...] The disc includes composers such as Otto Luening, born in 1900, and Filipe Leitao, the youngest, born in 1984. [...] To embark on listening to this album, start with the first track on Part 2, Inquietude for Violin and Violin Generated Sounds, composed by Filipe Leitao.
- Empire Music #129, Magazin Für Anspruchsvolle Rockmusik. About Davis Brooks' album featuring my piece 'Inquietude'
Professional Musicians, Colleagues, and Clients
I have taught composition for 29 years at major universities in the United States and taught countless students from around the globe. I say sincerely, that Filipe Leitao is among the top three composers with whom I had worked. Moreover, he is without a doubt one of the leading composers of his generation.
- Dr. C. P. First, Assistant Professor of Composition, retired, The University of Alabama School of Music
I have had the most wonderful pleasure commissioning and working with Filipe Leitao. He is immensely talented and I often seek his advice on my own editing and sound design projects. His sound manipulation and compositional skills on his violin and tape piece INQUIETUDE are inventive, complex with many layers, and are so well crafted. Highly recommended!
- Dr. Davis Brooks, Professor of Violin Emeritus, Butler University
Filipe Leitão shows his compositional mastery of both acoustic and electronic music in the classical fusion piece Inquietude. With Davis Brooks playing an impressive tour-de-force on violin, the score traverses a wide range of emotions, from lyrical to angry, from languid to frenetic. The electronic elements complement the Violin so completely that at times it is hard to tell which is electronic and which acoustic. This could portend the next phase in classical fusion.
- Dirk Epperson, Arranger, Orchestrator and Music Educator
Associate Director (Emeritus), School of Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Mr. Leitao is an expert on DAWs, composition, and arranging. Most importantly to an educational environment, he communicates and provides feedback on this subject matter in a caring, skillful manner.
- Kenneth McGuire, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, The University of Alabama School of Music
Filipe is a director’s dream. He quickly understood the mood and tone I wanted to accompany the story and composed his music accordingly.
- Paula Saslow, film director, Cooper Rose Films
Love his music! Filipe not only crafted the beautiful music but also created a perfect mood and added extra appealing for my short film.
- Ruchirek Yui Somrit, film director and 3D lighting artist
Reviews provided by anonymous surveys at Virginia Commonwealth University (without revision)
Digital Music Production
The way that Prof. Leitao gave tutorials on the programs (Logic, Pro Tools) was so enlightening and he should definitely continue teaching with this approach. He was also extremely understanding and patient with people (with people who aren't majoring in music), which are extremely great qualities to have when teaching. I also think critiques were helpful and the nicest critiques I've ever had.
Professor Filipe Leitao adjusts well to the recent changes for his course [COVID-19]. He maintains excellent communication with his students and is comfortable using technical equipment for his class. He is always professional and is knowledgeable of music and technology. He is an excellent professor to work with and hope that he continues teaching his courses in the future.
Professor Leitao did a great job of checking in with each student individually to make sure they were on track and able to create what they envisioned for their projects. He made himself available outside of class hours and really cared about the students and their work. He is also very knowledgeable about music production, composition, and the programs that we used in the class.
I learned a lot and the class inspired me to work more with sound. At long last I understand what mastering and mixing means haha. My favorite class this semester.
I really liked the sound design and composing for the animation, I thought it gave a unique experience of learning how to accompany visuals appropriately and explore new parts of Logic.
Prof. Leitão was literally the most patient professor I've ever had. It takes a lot of energy to teach a group of people a program no one is familiar with and with everyone having different skill levels and he did it fantastically and with positive energy. One of the nicest people I've met.
Dr. Leitao's assignments were always engaging and informational with a high degree of personal freedom which made them very enjoyable and allowed us to form our own style and workflow.
The course has a lot of potential for collaboration with students overall, it has been very helpful for my other assignments.
Naturally things were held back a little by the fact that the class was entirely online due to Covid–19, but the steps taken to overcome such an obstacle were very impressive and made the class a wonderful learning experience nonetheless!
Overall, the course is pretty interactive, we do very practical and useful assignments that allow us to practice things we learn on our own and and i can say that I’ve learned a lot and would recommend it to others. Great course!
Filipe was a great professor! He expressed his passion and knowledge of music to us with every lecture.
This course really got me interested in film scores. I feel like I learned a sufficient amount of information to speak intelligently about film scores and film music.
I've loved learning from Filipe's experience and the different techniques used to manipulate sound along side music, I enjoyed the assignments that allowed us to show some of our own ideas and preferences for different scores and films.
I really enjoyed the foley art project we had to do, it took more interaction and practice to do than my projects in most other classes. It also gave us a lot of freedom to be creative which I think is important.
The foley assignment was by far the best. Learning about the different scorers and their styles has been my favorite part of this course.
I enjoyed the "classic film with a modern score" assignment because it invited us to experiment and see how scores can change how you view a film.
Coming from someone with little knowledge about music, Professor Leitão has taught me a vast amount about it. He makes the class fun and interactive, which is important being that it is almost three hours long.
Reviews provided by anonymous surveys at the University of Alabama (without revision)
Studying with Filipe Leitao has been an extremely valuable experience. Wheras some composition mentors can often steer conversation far into the abstract, once Filipe gets a feel for your piece and understands your goals he gives very clear and practical suggestions on ways to improve your music. This has been the key to taking my music to the next level. After my first semester with Filipe, I feel both my process of composition and the quality of my music improved drastically. Filipe has a talent for unlocking potential.
The best work I’ve done was under his guidance. He understood what I wanted to do and had the vision to help me complete it.
Filipe Leitao is an absolutely brilliant individual. He is kind, extremely approachable, and easy to talk to. His knowledge of composition is amazing and he has helped me become not only a better composer, but audio engineer as well. 11/10
Very good composition instructor. It was very nice to work with him.
Filipe was a very good teacher. I have always struggled with aural skills because it was rarely explained in a way that I understood. Filipe is not one of those teachers who says "You just have to do it" or "You just have to listen and hear it." He actually gave me exercises and drills to practice to increase my perception and listening skills. He would also take time out of his schedule to meet with me privately for help. He worked with my very busy schedule and stayed after school and into the evening to give me the instruction I needed to be successful. I cannot speak higher of any other theory instructor and he has my wholehearted recommendation for whatever his next step is in life.
Filipe was very helpful in showing me ways to improve in something that I never thought I would even be decent at. His presentations were clear and I liked how he used a variety of ways to practice the concepts we talked about.
Filipe is one of the best lab teachers I have had yet. He really helped me learn and somehow made theory lab enjoyable. I loved how he spent time reviewing when we did not understand a topic, and he really wanted to make sure we understood the content before we moved on.
Filipe was definitely super good at explaining things and making sure we understood concepts. I actually learned a lot in his class and would definitely recommend him to any teaching position.
He was very knowledgeable in the course content. He wanted every student to succeed, so he offered additional help outside of class.
Filipe is a really wonderful instructor and I loved having him again. He makes sure that we understand each concept very very clearly, and is very accommodating and approachable if we are struggling. He us very good at gauging how well we as a class are doing, and will send us extra handouts and practice materials if he thinks that we need some help. He's so kind and enjoyable to be around and to learn from.
I loved Filipe as my instructor. He was always ready to help his students when needed. Thank you for a great two years!
Very helpful and professional. Always has a creative and efficient problem solving approach. Couldn’t ask for a better instructor.
Great lab instructor!!!
Filipe is a wonderful instructor that is always willing to help you better understand the material. He is also very quick at getting back to you about grades or questions via email.
Filipe is one of the best instructors I’ve ever had! He really cares about student success and is easy to approach.
I think Filipe is a very good instructor and is easy to work with if you need any help at all.
He did a wonderful job of teaching this course [Logic Pro]! He was always very fair and respectful in the way he went about giving feedback and advice. He is a very talented composer and especially teacher, for sure!
I have learned so much from Filipe, and I am very thankful for the knowledge he has shared with me.
Filipe is a fantastic and brilliant instructor.