Alfredo Golino is a Neapolitan by birth and musical background. Under the guidance of his father and teacher Antonio Golino, Alfredo's career had a very early start. By the age of 17, he had already played at the NATO base where all the important American artists performed, and had played for various productions for the Italian Radio & Television Corporation (RAI) in Naples. He was eventually hired into the RAI orchestra where the top directors and maestros in Italy developed most of their talent.
After that, Alfredo began a series of collaborations that that brought him into the limelight as one one of the most important Italian musicians. At the age of 18, Alfredo left Naples for Rome to work with Armando Trovaioli, who employed him for all his films and RAI recording productions. While in Rome, he was noticed by the record industry and began to collaborate with RCA and RAI, where he was hired for a long series of productions and concerts.
In 1980 he won a competition to join the RAI orchestra in Milan. Settling there, Alfredo gained immediate recognition as a valuable and versatile musician. Besides being engaged with TV programs and concerts with the biggest international directors and many of the top European jazz players. At the same time he started his long and important career in the record industry, working on many of the most successful Italian records, either as a co-producer and a co-arranger.
In 1989 he quit RAI to free up time for more European collaborations. In 1990, Alfredo formed a group called Giulia Combo with his wife Giulia Fasolino, Matteo Fasolino, Charlie Cinelli and Gogo Ghidelli. They released a record that obtained recognition from critics and the public but the group disbanded after two years. In 1994, the group ORO (with Alfredo) won the Sanremo Giovani finals and started a two-year tour in Italy. In 1996, Alfredo left the group and collaborated again with Giulia Fasolino, Charlie Cinelli and Gogo Ghidelli, founding Cambiomusica, a school and publishing company for well-known Italian and foreign artists such as Mina, Celentano, Renato Zero and Monica Naranjo. Cambiomusica also supported new talent, including: 883, Raf, De Gregori, Antonella Ruggero, Eugenio Finardi, Fiorello, Gianluca Grignani, Elisa and Cifarelli.
A significant event in Alfredo's career was his collaboration with Eros Ramazzotti. He took part in Eros' records and two of his most successful world tours. Also, his work with Mina represented a turning point in Alfredo's career. As a musician, publisher and arranger he developed a good working relationship with Mina's producer, arranger and son, Massimiliano Pani. Recently, Alfredo and his wife Giulia teamed up with Bruno Zucchetti to produce the latest album of the famous Spanish artist, Monica Naranjo. This production trio is currently collaborating with major international recording artists.
Alfredo Golino has received several awards, such as Telegatto as best musician, two golden records as producer, arranger and artist, and even a Grammy award in 2001 for his work as a musician with Alejandro Sanz, a Spanish artist who has sold over 10 million records worldwide.
Alfredo has appeared on record with such artists as: China, Giulia Combo, Ondre Radio Oovst (Oro), Con Tutto Il Cuore (Oro), Studio Associato. He has also worked with Vasco Rossi, RAF, Pino Daniele, Renato Zero, Gianni Morandi, Laura Pausini, Bocelli, Adriano Celentano, Zucchero, Battiato, Fiorella Mannoia, Riccardo Cocciante, Anna Oxa, Ornella Vanoni, Marco Masini, Michele Zarrillo, Alice, Mario Lavezzi, Mango, Enrico Ruggeri, Enzo Jannacci, Pooh, Pino Palladino, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Paul Young, Alejandro Sanz, Armando Manzanero, Ana Belen, Brian Auger, Amanda Miguel, Ricardo Montaner, Fernando Osorio, The Coors, Monica Naranjo, Platters, Francis Boland, Bob Minzer, Phil Woods, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clark, Greg Osby, Art Farmer, Jerry Mulligan, Franco Ambrozetti, Enrico Pierannunzi, Franco D'Andrea, Enrico Rava, Enrico Intra, Sante Palumbo, Franco Cerri, Stefano Cerri, Armando Trovaioli, Celso Valli, Gorny Kramer, Ferrio, De Simone, Presti Pino, La Gatta Cenerentola, Orchestra Scarlatti, Orchestra Sinfonica di Hannover and Jazz Class Orchestra.
“Besides the technology and the sound quality,” says Alfredo, “the thing that strikes me most about Mark Drum YES is the great dynamics and touch sensitivity. This allows me to maintain control of the groove.”