Filipe Alves was born in Porto, Portugal. At the age of 11 began studying the trombone in his hometown. He studied in Lisbon, and in 2011 moved to Berlin to do his Master with Prof. Stefan Schulz at the Universität der Künste Berlin. Since 2016 he is solo trombonist of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
Filipe Alves was akademist of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2012. He was solo trombonist of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and he also played with the European Union Youth Orchestra. 2011-2012 he was trombonist of the Remix Ensemble, in Porto and 2012-2016 solo trombonist of the Staatsoper Hamburg.
Besides he has played solo trombone with the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne, the NDR Sinfonieorchester in Hamburg or the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon. He has also played with the German Brass.
He worked with conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Franz Welser-Möst, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Paavo Järvi.
In 2008 Filipe Alves won the 1st prize of the Prémio Jovens Músicos in Lisbon, and in 2014 the Eduard Söring prize from the Stiftung zur Förderung der Hamburgischen Staatsoper.
He is mentor at the Orchesterakademie of the Staatskapelle Berlin as well as teacher at the Barenboim-Said Akademie.
Filipe Alves is a Bach trombone artist.