An EMMY Award winner, multi-Latin GRAMMY Award winner, multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator and expert in Latin jazz and funk fusion, José Valentino is one of today’s most sought-after commercial music instrumental artists. While Valentino is best known for his fluid expression on the flute, the versatile musician is also well-versed in saxophone, bass, piano and Latin percussion. In addition to his personal artistic pursuits, he has explored several different areas of the music industry. Holding an impressive four degrees—in arts, music, philosophy and ministry—Valentino’s multi-faceted career has led him to roles as a producer, engineer, composer and scholar. Valentino is also passionate about music education. As the head of University of Florida’s Music Business & Entrepreneurship program, he inspires young musicians “to become leaders within the globally-expanding music industry.”
His music has been featured in numerous films, shorts and documentaries—one of which earned a 2018 EMMY Award for “Best Cultural Documentary.” He has also received GRAMMY nominations for “Best Latin Jazz Album” (I Make You Want to Move; 2015) and “Best Instrumental Album” (MOSAICO; 2016). To date, he also holds the record for most DownBeat Student Music Awards, with 51 wins to date.