Filipe Sousa is a Portuguese pianist, composer and workshop leader based in the UK. He works with artists and communities of ranging age, ability and background. Filipe regularly leads workshops and presents work in the UK and across the world. He founded Quest Ensemble, a contemporary piano trio that writes original music with Preetha Narayanan and Tara Franks and he has been commissioned to create sound installations and to write for music ensembles, theatre, film and dance.

With a background in Architecture, years practicing capoeira and more recently contact improv, his work as a composer and performer is often concerned with space and movement, driven by a strong sense of rhythm and flow. Filipe as always had the piano at the centre of his practice, but his interest in the details and minutiae of sound has taken him into the realms of sound art, sound design and composition. He is interested in performance as experience and in generating immersive environments.

Filipe trained in classical piano and singing at the Lisbon Gregorian Institute, continuing through the Hot Club Portugal, where he studied jazz piano and composition, he then relocated to London in 2008 to dedicate himself exclusively to sound and music. In 2010 he completed MMus in Leadership from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama followed by a fellowship focused on collaborative and participative work. He is an Associate Artist at Spare Tyre theatre company and a regular leader at Create Arts. Filipe has worked with various orchestras and institutions in the UK and across the world including the Barbican Centre, CCB Lisbon, Projeto Guri, Sinfonia Viva, London Contemporary Orchestra and the EU Youth Orchestra. He founded Quest Ensemble, a contemporary classical piano trio, and teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire and occasionally at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.