Band/Affiliation: Wharthey, Riccardo Fogli, Hit Italy Band, various Soul/Jazz/Pop/Rock Artists freelance.
Product: SK1 88, Melodion 44-HP, Vintage Hammond C3, Vintage Leslie 251
“With the SK-1 you have an impressive all-in-one instrument which functions as not only as the best Hammond sound (along with the sound of other great instruments) but also as a versatile master-keyboard for all situations.
Hammond is not only a brand of the past that has made one of the most important instruments of all the time in the history of music, but is also an evolving brand for the new generation of keyboardist. One eye on the past and the other on the future.”
Valentino Favotto is an eclectic pianist, keyboardist, composer, producer and arranger. He started to play classical music when he was 6 years old and since then he has developed his own musical language in a multi-sided modern way as a musician.
He graduated “summa cum laude” at the “C.Pollini” Conservatory of music in Padua and at “G.Tartini” Conservatory of music in Trieste in classical music and jazz music and he has continued his education with Franco Scala, Filippo Gamba, Homero Francesh in regards to classical music, and Glauco Venier, Stefano Battaglia, John Taylor, Stefano Bollani and others concerning jazz music.
At the same time he started to play in several bands encompassing a lot of different musical styles (classical, medieval, klezmer at first and then jazz, soul, gospel, rock, pop, funk, fusion, etc…) and became more and more interested in the world of keyboards, particularly in genuine vintage keyboards / synthesizers and the most modern keyboards as well.
He has performed with a lot of renowned Italian artists like Riccardo Fogli, Albano Carrisi, Ricchi e Poveri, Dodi Battaglia, Giovanna, Paolo Simoni, Summertime Gospel Choir, Vittorio Matteucci, Giò di Tonno, etc…playing in several different great arenas and stadiums like Olympic Stadium in Rome, Olimpijskij Stadium in Moscow, San Siro Stadium in Milan, Aula Nervi in The Vatican, Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, etc… and in a lot of theaters and different venues all over the world, particularly in Russia, U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Romania, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Israel, Kazakistan, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Italy obviously, recording also for the respected national radio – TV.
Since 2011 he has played continuously with the famous Italian singer Riccardo Fogli with whom he has performed a lot of tours around the world.
In 2014 he started playing with the project Hit Italy Band, an Italian pop dance party band, doing several concerts in Eastern Europe, The Baltics and Russia also performing as a residence band in different festivals playing with Paul Young, Lou Bega, Gazebo, Johnny Logan, and others.
In 2015 he was invited by Steinway & Sons to play a piano recital solo in Milan at the Piano City Festival.
Valentino’s Hammond experience is particularly active with the Nu Jazz Funky band “Wharthey” in which he likes to explore the great sound possibilities of the Hammond organ and other great vintage instruments like Rhodes, Clavinet, and analog synth.