I earned a diploma as a saxophonist and trumpet player at the Verona conservatory.
I've taken various master courses given by great artists on the international jazz scene.
Hi! My name is Martino!
I'm forty years old, and I'm a professional saxophone and trumpet player. Since 2002, I've played in a number of groups at clubs and theatres all over Italy, and I've been recording my first CD in the studio for several months.
I live in a single-room flat in the centre of Verona with Cinzia, my significant other. She's a very skilled jazz singer. We met at the Verona Jazz Winter Festival that's held every year in a famous theatre only a stone's throw from home.
Luckily, all our neighbours are music lovers, and we often leave the windows open while teaching our students or practicing.
When I'm not touring, I teach sax, trumpet and trombone to four students at my house. There's Stefano, a thirty year-old photographer with a passion for funk. Maria is the youngest at only sixteen, and she has inborn talent. Federico, a single guy around fifty, never misses a blues concert. And Paula is a Brazilian who has rhythm running through her veins.
Every year around June, when I take a break from teaching, all five of us hold a small recital in a school. It's also important to play in public… composed in this case of only friends and relatives. But as I always say, that's the way we all started!
Cinzia teaches singing to Fabrizio, an eight year-old boy one evening a week. It's a blast hearing them vocalise together while I make dinner in the kitchen.
When the lesson's over, before he leaves, I have him taste something I've made. I'm growing fond of him, even though I don't feel fatherly quite yet. I don't know what I'd do with a son right now. I don't have time, and I'm often away on a job. When I do go away, I never fail to bring home a new instrument for my collection. The problem is space. I don't know where to put things anymore, so it sometimes happens that the record player ends up next to the coffee maker! Our house tells both our stories in a small space. Several times, we've thought of moving to a bigger place, but we're too attached to these four walls. Music, together with my Cinzia, is my life!
I have a diploma in saxophone, trumpet and trombone. I've had great teachers who got me to love music, and I now teach my own students with the same passion. I like to get to know the person I'm dealing with and create a relationship that's nice and friendly, as well as professional. Above all, music must be fun and not be experienced as an imposition. That's why the first question I ask a new student is, "Why do you want to learn to play?", since motivation is essential in this world! I teach saxophone, trumpet and trombone, along with breathing techniques, rudiments of harmony and methods of improvisation. I can prepare students for the exam at the conservatory, if they ask me to. I teach at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
I've played (and still play) in various groups at clubs and theatres in Italy. I've toured everywhere in Europe as a trumpet player for many years. I've worked with Italian and foreign artists such as Don Menza, Mirko Cisilino, Marko Crncec, Filippo Vignato, Stjepko Gut, Stefano Senni and many others.
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