Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York, Arden Altino is a Grammy Platinum Awarded Musician and Producer. Arden’s immense talent lies in his combined years of training as a pianist. His understanding of music and its emotional connection allows him to infect his audience with a raw, yet polished listening experience that is true to the R & B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Roots, Classical, Jazz, Latin, Kompa and Zouk genres.
The Altino Family is no stranger to music, his father & uncle played instruments in the church which lead him to follow in there footsteps. Naming his production company "Altino", is a tribute to his family’s legacy and gift that inspired him, at a very young age to be nothing else but the musician that he is today.
Arden attended Fiorello Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts and Five Towns College to Study Audio Engineering.
Despite his musical training as a musician surprisingly it was his technical expertise spearheaded his career. In 1999, and for the next two years, he engineered for some of the music industries hottest artists including: Busta Rhymes, Biggie Smalls, Tony Touch, Angie Martinez, Rah Digga, just to name a few. Altino's success as an engineer allowed him to showcase his talents as he traveled in the same circles with up and coming, as well as established recording artists.
In 2001, he produced several tunes for R&B crooner Jimmy Cozier including “Gave You Love” and the duet with musical phenomenon Alicia Keys “Mr. Man”. The multi platinum album, “Songs in A Minor” which went on to win a Grammy in 2002 establishing Altino and awarding him industry acclaim. He also joined the pair on a three (3) year tour to promote the album.
Known in the industry as “Keyz” and on his Roland keyboards, Altino produced a slew of records for a wide range of artists such as “Hold On” for Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blow Fish, and “Raindrops” for Juelz Santana’s debut album in 2003. During the same year, Altino’s talent received much attention overseas; traveling between Europe and the United States, he collaborated with Parisian top artists such as Passi and Jocelyne Labylle on several records while adding to his roster of artists, Kelly Rowland, Natasha Beddingfield, Estelle, and P. Diddy.
Since 2006, Altino’s career has been taking off. His versatility and understanding of music is what makes Arden today one of the most sought after producers. His collaborations include Eros Ramazzotti (E2), Patti Labelle (Back to Now), Laura Warshauer (Laura Warshauer), DJ Rekha (Basement Bhangra), Lyfe Jennings (Life Change), Ghostface Killah (The Big Doe Rehab), Governor (Son of Pain), Pharoahe Monch (Desire), Aventura (The Last), Jay Z (American Gangster), Sean Kingston (Tomorrow), and Wyclef Jean (Carnival, Vol. 2 and Toussaint St. Jean).
He went on a world tour with Wyclef Jean. Altino is truly making his mark and solidifying his position in this highly competitive industry.
His musical ambition have led him to sign a business partnership with musical genius & super producer Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis. Altino co-produces now with Jerry Wonda. They work out of Platinum Sounds Recording Studio. This world renowned studio in New York City is a dream destination for aspiring artists around the world.
Altino is the current Musical Director at Antioch Baptist Church. He has also served as Musical Director for Omari Hardwick's play "HERO, A Work In Progress"; as well as a MD for singers Jimmy Cozier and Eve.
Whether on a world tour or working on a new record in the studio, Arden is living his passion. His aspiration is to continue to give us real music and to touch thousands, millions or just only soul at a time with his music.