Filipe Dandalo, 24, born in Brazil in an Italian family, started his double bass studies in his hometown São Paulo in 2009 at the Pão de Açúcar Institute, a social program directed to the children of the local community.
For the first five years of his musical life he was taught by the violinist Renata Jaffé, professor and director of the institute. At the age of 17 Filipe was awarded the ABRSM Scholarship and began his undergraduate studies in the following year at the Royal Northern College of Music, learning from Professor Jiří Hudec.
In 2018 Filipe had his Italian citizenship by descent recognised and in the same year was appointed Junior Fellow in Double Bass at the RNCM for the academic year 2019-20. As a double bass student he has had the opportunity to learn from renowned double bass teachers and soloists such as Božo Paradžik, Janne Saksala, Michinori Bunya, Franco Petracchi, Joel Quarrington and Nabil Shehata. During his time at the RNCM, he has worked closely with conductors and artists such as Henning Kraggerud, Henk Guittart, Miklós Perényi, Stefano Canuti, Jac Van Steen and Sir Mark Elder.
He has also performed as a chamber musician and has given recitals in São Paulo, London, Manchester, Aldeburgh, Mantova (Italy), Montepulciano (Italy), Sion (Switzerland), Semmering (Austria), Reichenau (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic).