Born in Switzerland in 1988, he got his first education from Christophe Grau and Elie Fumeaux. He studied then classical and contemporary music with Pierre-Stéphane Meugé and obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master at Haute Ecole de Musique of Lausanne (HEMU). In 2014, he graduated from Master’s degree in the jazz section of HEMU in Robert Bonisolo’s class.
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. He had the chance to share the stage with musicians such as Nguyên Lê, Mathieu Michel, Vincent Peirani, Jean-Claude Risset, Amine & Hamza, Baiju Bhatt, Patrick Perrier Septet, Lauma Skride, Deniz Toygür,… In 2014, he also founds his own group with which he had the chance to open for the Shai Maestro Trio in Annemasse (France).
He appeared in different festival such as Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Cully Jazz Festival, Verbier Festival, Sion Festival, St-Prex Classics, Festival des 5 continents, Journées Musicales de Carthage (Tunisia), International Music Festival (Jordan), Fethiye Klasik Müzik Festivali (Turkey), Musica delle Tradizioni, Vicenza (Italy),…
He played with orchestras such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur, as a soloist with the Karşıyaka Chamber Orchestra and the Yaşar Oda Orkestrası (İzmir, Turkey). He also took part in Hugh Jackman’s show in İstanbul.
In 2010, he got a 2nd prize in Tournoi International de Musique (TIM), in Verona (IT).
Nowadays, he promotes actively saxophone, jazz and new music in Turkey.