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Martin Valihora
Martin Valihora
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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Country: United States

Martin Valihora was born in 1976 and came from musician family. He took his first piano lesson at age of 10. His passion for drums was stronger and he started to study drums at age of 12 with his first private teacher Oldrich Petras. Then he continued study at the Conservatory of Music in Bratislava, Slovakia and finally graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Martin started to work professionally at age of 16 when joined one of the most popular Slovak pop band MIDI. Since then he has been working as a session and studio musician with many artists in Europe and USA. He has also worked with such major labels as BMG or Polygram - Universal, and with his unique sound, he already participated in more than 30 CD albums.

In 2000 Martin received "The Best Instrumentalist of the Year" Grammy Award in Slovakia. Martin has worked with Ron Affif, Don Grusin,Hiromi, Anthony Jackson, Tony Grey, Sam Parks, Jeff Pevar (Billy Cobham, James Taylor), Bryan Carrigan (Seal, Quincy Jones, Alanis Morisette), Steve Postell, Greg Hopkins, Sergio Salvatore, Jeff Galindo, Gustav Brom Big Band, Mike Shobe Quintet, Dan Brantigan Quartet, Waking Vision , Irene Molloy, Nina Nastasja, Clara Lofaro, Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, Gabriel Jonas Quartet, Kelli Scarr, Chris Emerson, Chris Cheek and many others.

Currently, Martin is living in NYC and working with Telarc artist Hiromi and recorded her 2nd album called Brain on the Telarc label featuring Anthony Jackson on bass, which was released in May 2004. He will continue to collaborate with Hiromi, Waking Vision, Ron Affif Trio and continuously working, touring and recording with many other artists.