Stéphane MARTINI studied music at the Grétry academy and later at the Liège conservatory.
He has attended numerous work-shops in Belgium and the U.S.A. Among his teachers were:
Steve Houben, Bill Frisell, Guy Cabay, Tito Puente, John Scofield...
He also followed perfectioning lessons for
In '84 he won second prize for guitar solo composition, awarded by Léo Brouwer, Jaco Pastorius and Abel Carlevaro for his composition "Tango d'Hiver" during an int'l meeting in Martinique.
- classical guitar,
- swing guitar with the Manouches de Banneux,
- Brazilian guitar, in Rio, with José Barenze Diaz,
- jazz guitar,
- Cuban rhythms, in New-York and also Samba school and much more.
Since 1974 he had a very versatile musical career which covered
- teaching music,
- playing Variétés,
- Creole music,
- jazz-bossa ,
- Rumba and Salsa,
- films sound track,
- New age,
- Latin fusion,
- Brazilian... (at a certain moment, he was playing with "Brazil Tropical", during one of their passages in Belgium. He has easily integrated into the group since the 1st evening but when the time came to replace him, none of the Brazilian musicians who came for the audition was up to his level.).
He performed with a great number of celebrities a.o. Léo Flechet, Robert Jeanne, Michel Legrand, Jacques Pelzer, Almoria Trio, Eduardo Muniz big band ( Puerto Rico)...
He did compositions and arrangements for films, CD albums, radio & TV programs.
Stéphane Martini played with a number of groups, as leader or co-leader.
His PAPAGAIO saw an impressive number of stars performing with them - Michel Hatzi, Ali Reyerson a.o..
Since '95, Papagaio is a sextet, well presented around in local festivals and have recorded :|
- "AMAZONE" (B.SHARP).
- "TEMPO LATINO" (Travers)
In an article about him, "PARIS - MATCH" 14 Jan. '88)is written that he resembles Jivaro, sounds like Baden Powell, has the poetry of Vinissius de Moraes but he's not Brazilian...
The title of the report is The most Brazilian Belgian in Belgium and compares his music to Jobim and Gilberto.