Professional Musicians, Colleagues, and Filmmakers
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, 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
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 the University of Alabama
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
I have learned so much from Filipe, and I am very thankful for the knowledge he has shared with me.
Filipe is one of the best instructors I’ve ever had! He really cares about student success and is easy to approach.
Very good composition instructor. It was very nice to work with him.
Filipe is a fantastic and brilliant 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.
I think Filipe is a very good instructor and is easy to work with if you need any help at all.
Great lab instructor!!!