Felipe Téllez is a composer and orchestrator. He devotes himself to film and concert music. His concert music has been performed by the Bogotá Philharmonic, the Colombian National Symphony Orchestra, and the San Rafael Symphonic Band from Bunyol, Spain. He has also recorded and conducted his music with The Budapest Art Orchestra in the East Connection Music Recording Co. Studios and at Abbey Road Studios in London. He has also conducted scores with musicians from the Canadian Opera Company and Canadian Ballet Orchestra in chamber ensemble settings at Toronto’s Revolution Recording, Desert Fish, and Grayson-Matthews recording facilities.
In addition to composing for media and orchestra, he is an accomplished songwriter, releasing his debut album -Minstrelle- in Canada, in collaboration with singer Kristina Bijelic, the Budapest Art Orchestra and 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 also featured in the documentary My Enemy My Brother and the feature political thriller Backstabbing for Beginners. Both of these soundtracks were recorded in collaboration with the Prague Symphony and Smecky Music Studios, in the Czech Republic, and composed by two-time Canadian Academy Award winner, Todor Kobakov. Felipe has also worked with Todor Kobakov as conductor and sound designer/Kontakt programmer. 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. He has also assisted other composers such as Sarah Slean, Rob Carli, and Simon Poole.
He 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. 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.
Felipe is a Doctoral Candidate in Music Composition at the University of Toronto, expecting to graduate in 2020. He continues to output performance music in the form of operatic and chamber music, as well as music for film and media. He is an active member of the Canadian media music scene, working for media music production houses in advertisement, as well as creating music for independent Canadian film makers and show-runners.
Furthermore, he continues to be involved in music education, holding a position of Orchestration Professor at Sheridan College and professor of Introduction to Music Technology at the University of Toronto. He retains his contacts in Europe with other independent film directors, as well as clients in South America.