Michele Tino is an Italian jazz saxophonist, composer and instructor born in Naples in 1991. His musical studies began in his very early years, beginning with piano at the age of 3, then switching to alto saxophone at age 11. In 2008, he entered the Ferrara Conservatory studying classical saxophone with M° Marco Gerboni. In 2009, right after obtaining the high school diploma in “classical studies”, Michele began his Bachelor in Jazz Saxophone at the Ferrara Conservatory. In June 2011 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the European Jazz School workshops in Frankfurt, Germany. During the same year he started taking private lessons with Tuscan clarinet player Nico Gori. Then he moved to the F.Venezze Conservatory of Rovigo, where he graduated in 2012 in Jazz Saxophone, with the highest possible grade (110/110, Cum Laude). In Fall 2012, Michele entered the master’s program at the Rovigo Conservatory. In 2013, he was awarded with an Erasmus scholarship, allowing him to study for an entire year in the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (CvA). In 2014, at the end of the Erasmus exchange period, he was admitted to the Master of Music (Jazz Saxophone) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2015, while attending the master’s course in The Netherlands, Michele graduated in Rovigo, obtaining his first Master Degree in Jazz Saxophone, with the highest grade (110/110, Cum Laude). That same year he was awarded with two scholarships in The Netherlands (Holland Scholarship and Internationaliseringsfonds AHK), that allowed him to study for a semester at Temple University of Philadelphia, under the guidance of Dick Oatts and Terell Stafford, thanks to an exchange agreement between Temple University and the Amsterdam Conservatory. In October 2016, he concluded his Master in Jazz Saxophone at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Michele Tino is currently living in Italy, between Florence and Rome, working as a professional musician and regularly performing in many of the most important jazz festivals and venues in Italy, Europe, and abroad.
Education: – Master of music – Jazz Saxophone: Conservatorium van Amsterdam
(Amsterdam, NL). Graduated on 10/10/2016 – Diploma di Biennio in Sassofono Jazz: Conservatorio “F.Venezze” di Rovigo
graduated on 04/01/2015. Grade: 110/110, Cum Laude. – Diploma di Triennio in Sassofono Jazz: Conservatorio “F.Venezze” di Rovigo
graduated on 11/12/2012. Grade: 110/110, Cum Laude.
Michele Tino studied with: Lee Konitz, Dick Oatts, Terell Stafford, Steve Lehman, Mark Turner, Miguel Zenòn, George Garzone, John Clayton, Bobby Watson, Jim Snidero, John Taylor, Anders Jormin, Ben Van Gelder, Avishai Cohen, Bruce Barth, Jasper Blom, Simon Rigter, Ferdinand Povel, Michael Moore, Joris Roelofs, Nico Gori, and Marco Tamburini.
Developed skills: – Soloist and leader of small and large jazz ensembles. – Composing and arranging for small and large ensembles. – Arranging for Big Bands. – Big Band playing (as lead and as 2nd alto). – Basic knowledge of the flute. – Intermediate knowledge of the piano. – Advanced knowledge of music theory, jazz theory, jazz harmony. – Advanced knowledge of the English language. Strong confidence in using it also in a working
and/or musical context. Teaching Experiences: – Advanced improvisation, saxophone and jazz ensemble masterclasses at Accademia Europea di
– Saxophone teacher at Modern Music Institute (Empoli and Cerreto Guidi).
– Saxophone and ensemble teacher at Music Tribe (Poggibonsi).
– Collaboration as a saxophone teacher with Scuola di musica Il Trillo (Florence).
– Music teacher in a public middle school.
– Private teacher for advanced level Jazz studies. Most Relevant Musical Projects:
Michele Tino Quartet: With Simone Graziano, Gabriele Evangelista, and Bernardo Guerra.
Alessandro Lanzoni Quintet: With Alessandro Lanzoni, Alessandro Presti, Igor Spallati, and Ugo Alunni.
Camilla Battaglia Quartet: With Camilla Battaglia, Andrea Lombardini e Bernardo Guerra, (+and guest, Ambrose Akinmusire).
Massimo Nunzi Sextet: With Massimo Nunzi, Simona Severini, Enrico Zanisi, Francesco Ponticelli, and Enrico Morello.
Stefano Tamborrino Large Ensemble
Michele Tino performed in several famous jazz festivals and venues, such as: Jazzhus Montmartre (Copenhagen, DK); Bimhuis (Amsterdam, NL); North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL); North Sea Jazz Club (Amsterdam); Jerusalem Jazz Festival; Chris Jazz Cafè (Philadelphia, US); Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz – Festival (Harrisburg, US); TPAC (Philadelphia); Locomotive Jazz Festival (Lecce); Musicus Concentus (Firenze); Viggiano Jazz Festival; Grey Cat Festival (Grosseto); Teatro S. Andrea (Pisa, IT); Novara Jazz; Jazz italiano per le terre del sisma (L’Aquila), Fano Jazz Network (Fano), Casa del Jazz (Roma), Bassano Jazz (Bassano del Grappa), Jazz in’ it (Vignola).
Michele Tino has performed and recorded with: Ambrose Akinmusire, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Justin Di Cioccio, Maurizio Giammarco, Hermon Mehari, Akua Naru, Massimo Nunzi, Marco Tamburini, Nico Gori, Enrico Zanisi, Francesco Ponticelli, Filippo Vignato, Enrico Morello, Alessandro Lanzoni, Camilla Battaglia, Simone Graziano, Roberto Cecchetto, Gabriele Evangelista and many others.