Born in Lisbon, Filipe Melo was arrested and questioned at the age of 15 for computer hacking. After that, he chose to commit himself to the Piano, nurturing an early interest for Jazz and Improvisation. Ever since, he has played with countless musicians. He studied at the Hot Club of Portugal and graduated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston Summa Cum Laude. He was awarded the Villas-Boas Award and the Best New Talent Award from the JazzPortugal website.
He also works as a teacher and arranger and has worked with musicians and groups such as Peter Bernstein, Camané, Omer Avital, Carlos do Carmo, GNR, Donald Harrison Jr., Jesse Davis, Sheila Jordan, Paulinho Braga, Swingle Singers, Martin Taylor, Perico Sambeat, Herb Geller, the Hotclube Jazz Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Lisbon Symphony, among many others. He has recorded over 12 albums, both as leader and as a sideman and played in many countries.
In 2003 he founded O Pato Profissional, a company devoted to horror and fantasy films. He has produced, written and directed several cult projects: I’ll See You In My Dreams, winner of the FANTASPORTO 2004, Méliès d´Or, and 12 other international awards, as well as Um Mundo Catita, a television series broadcasted on Portuguese National TV. He also directed several music videos and commercials.
Currently, he teaches Piano and Harmony at ESML in Lisbon and keeps a busy schedule playing piano with several groups and writing stories for Dark Horse Comics.