Biography

Felipe Téllez is a composer and orchestrator.  His credits include scores for film and concert music.  He has composed for the Bogotá Philharmonic, the Colombian National Symphony Orchestra, the San Rafael Symphonic Band in Spain, and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  He has also recorded and conducted his music with The Budapest Art Orchestra and at Abbey Road Studios in London with LSO players.  He has also conducted scores with chamber ensemble instrumentation with renowned players from the TSO, COC and Canadian National Ballet at Toronto’s Revolution Recording, Desert Fish, and Grayson-Matthews recording facilities.  He is also a recipient of multiple government arts grants from institutions such as the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Toronto Arts Council.

In addition to composing for media and orchestra, he is an accomplished songwriter, releasing his orchestral debut album –Minstrelle– in Canada, in collaboration with a collection of international soloists.  He also conducted for the Canadian duo Whitehorse in their Winter 2018 Christmas album, which was nominated for a Juno in 2019.  His orchestration work is featured in the documentary My Enemy My Brother and Backstabbing for Beginners, both composed by two-time CSA winner, Todor Kobakov.  Both of these soundtracks were recorded in collaboration with the Prague Symphony and Smecky Music Studios, in the Czech Republic.  He has also served as orchestrator for composer Brian D’Oliveira of La Hacienda Creative Studios in Montreal, having orchestrated a suite for the Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s live concert performance, in addition to providing assistance to other active composers.

 

Felipe holds a bachelor’s degree in Composition and Music Production from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as a master’s degree in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games from Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus, Spain. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, he remained at Berklee Valencia as the Post-Graduate Fellow, assisting staff and giving lectures to both graduate and undergraduate students.  He has studied composition under the tutelage of Christos Hatzis, Alexander Rapoport, Lucio Godoy and has studied orchestral conducting with Uri Mayer and Constantino Martínez Orts.

Felipe is currently a Doctoral Candidate of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Toronto, and continues to be an active member of the Canadian media music scene.  Recently, he was commissioned by the University of Toronto to compose the music for Hart House’s Centennial celebration. Furthermore, he continues to be involved  in music education, holding teaching positions at Sheridan College and the University of Toronto.