Valentin is a Swiss classical and jazz saxophone player.
Born in Switzerland in 1988, he studied classical and contemporary music and obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master at Haute Ecole de Musique of Lausanne (HEMU) with Pierre-Stéphane Meugé. In 2014, he graduated from Master’s degree in the jazz section of HEMU in Robert Bonisolo’s class. He also studied with Jeff Baud, Emil Spanyi, René Mosele.
He attended masterclasses with Marcus Weiss, Lars Mlekusch, Rico Gubler, Ronan Guilfoyle. In 2010, he took part to the International summer course for new music in Darmstadt (Germany).
Due to his jazz and classical education, Valentin is a versatile musician, appreciated as a sideman for his flexibility and his tone palet. In 2014, he founds his own quintet with his schoolmates (HEMU Lausanne). He keeps on writing for this group, mixing jazz language and contemporary music.
He appeared in different festival such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Verbier Festival, Sion Festival, St-Prex Classics, Cully Festival, Festival des 5 continents, Fethiye Klasik Müzik Festivali (TR), Musica delle Tradizioni, Vicenza (IT).
He collaborates with musicians such as Jean-Claude Risset (composition, electroacoustic music), Brigitte Balleys (mezzo-soprano), Deniz Toygür (violin), Lauma Skride, David Tixier (piano), Fabio Giachino Trio (jazz), Baiju Bhatt – Red Sun Rising (jazz violin), Amine&Hamza (Oud&Kanun) Patrick Perrier Septet, Blaise Hommage (bass/double bass), Francis Stoessel, Emre Kartarı, Lada Obradovic (drums)
He played with orchestras such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur, as a soloist with the Yaşar Oda Orkestrası (İzmir, Turkey). He also took part in Hugh Jackman’s show.
In 2010, he got a 2nd prize in Tournoi International de Musique (TIM), in Verona (IT). He’s currently saxophone, jazz ensemble and chamber music teacher at Yaşar University in İzmir, Turkey.