Dino is an Italian rock bass virtuoso, session player and educator who has performed with Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Slash, Zack Wilde, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many others. He has just released his debut solo CD.
Dino studied classical music from a young age, and at 18 he began to play electric bass in local bands. His unique style, combining 8-finger tapping and funk slap, earned him the role of 'lead bassist' in Maurizio Solieri’s band, with whom he toured for one year. As a session bassist, Dino worked with many bands including Alzheimer, Nowhere, Disaster Area and Lisa's Revenge (with Ted Nugent guitarist Lee Wilkerson). He also began teaching bass at the Lizard College of Music in Italy.
In 2000 he toured Europe with the Jesus Christ Superstar orchestra, performing the world famous musical in all the major cities including Paris, London, Rome and Barcelona.
In 2002 Dino joined the GD Trio with long-time friend Jack Speciale on drums and European virtuoso GD on guitar and synth. The same year, Dino collaborated with various artists including Berklee instructor Scott Tarillo, Mary Healey (Walt Disney voice artist) and performed at the “Gibson Platinum Night” with Slash and Zack Wylde.
In 2003 Dino recorded “Special Friend Compilation” with Jack Speciale and toured in Scandinavia. In 2005 his first instructional DVD was released in Japan, produced by CPS; international clinics followed. In 2008, he signed the Gibson Wall of Fame. In 2009 he toured Italy with Steve Vai and Paul Gilbert.
In the year 2010 release his first solo album rock-fusion solo album, “It’s Important” featuring guest stars Prashant Aswani, Jennifer Batten, Neil Zaza, and Dave Martone.
>> see the review on Metal Sound
>> Bass Musician Magazine review
>> see the review on Metal Nose
In the same year release the bass book method for beginner.
In the year 2011 release “Tap me up”, a bass book method for tapping technique.
In the year 2012 played in metal christmas compilation “A season to rock”.
In the year 2015 joined with Edu Falschi (Angra singer) for “25 Anniversary tour” and in the same year release a new bass book method for acoustic bass “Manuale di basso di percussivo”.
Actually he works as session man in many project and now he is the bass player for “Vivaldi metal project”, the Classic legendary masterpiece by Antonio Vivaldi “The Four Seasons” will be rearranged in a Metal version and will be performed by top class musicians from all the world.
In addition to being an active session player, Dino produces instructional content for the American websites Truefire.com and Basslessons.com, as well as for various Italian academies. He writes for Italy’s Chitarre magazine and it is working on a new method book for electric bass.
Dino has performed with many artists including Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Jennifer Batten, Prashant Aswani, Slash, Zack Wilde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, Andy Timmons, Gaetano Nicolosi, Simon Phillips, Mistheria, Neil Zaza, John West, Rob Rock, Mark Boals, Lance King, Titta Tani, Roger Staffelbach, George Bellas, Emir Hot, John Macaluso, Mary Halley, Ronnie Keel, Lee Wilkerson, Edu Falaschi, Massimiliano Cona, Dave Martone, Prestoon Reed, Antonio Ferlito, Bicio, Alessandro Benvenuti, Gianni De Chellis, GD, Jack Speciale, Andrea Morucci, Marco Sfogli, Alex Argento, Maurizio Solieri.
"Although I am known for shredding and extreme techniques on bass, heavy metal is only one of the styles I play," says Dino. "So I need versatility, and the Markbass amplifiers are the only ones that allow me to switch from one genre to another very smoothly. I can get a deep sound, and at the same time, exceptionally clean and crystal clear sound when I’m playing very fast. The Big Bang gives me the power I need, and with two 104HF cabinets, I have a sound system that handles all the techniques I use and provides a powerful sound that is perfectly suitable in all situations. Thanks, MB!”