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.
In 2010, he got a 2nd prize in Tournoi International de Musique (TIM), in Verona (IT).
Due to his jazz and classical education, Valentin is a versatile musician, appreciated as a sideman for his flexibility and his tone palet. Having lived in Turkey for six years, his saxophone playing has been irreversibly shaped by this life changing journey. He had the chance to share the stage with musicians such as Nguyên Lê, Mathieu Michel, Vincent Peirani, Jean-Claude Risset, Lauma Skride, Amine & Hamza, Hans Andersson, Baiju Bhatt,… 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, and other international festivals (South Corea, India, Russia, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Turkey,…)
Amongst his orchestral experiences, Valentin took part in the Quincy Jones Anniversary Concert (Montreux Jazz) conducted by John Clayton. He also played with orchestras such as the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Musikkollegium Winterthur, as a soloist with various symphonic orchestras from Turkey. In 2015, he also took part in Hugh Jackman’s show in İstanbul.