Tino van der Sman was born in 1974 in The Hague (The Netherlands). He started his career at the age of 12 and it’s only after two years of guitar studies, when he travelled to Spain to participate in master classes from Paco Peña at the Cordoba’s festival. It was then that he wholeheartedly discovers the flamenco. His increased interest and passion for the flamenco art, eventually made him return to Spain to settle. Ever since, he has developed himself as a flamenco artist, taking classes with great masters as Gerardo Núñez, Paco Jarana, Manolo Franco or Miguel Ángel Cortés. After graduating at the Rotterdam conservatory in 1999, he leaves for his permanent stay in Seville, where he obtains a scholarship at the Cristina Heeren foundation.
It is only one year later when he himself is teaching at the very same foundation. From this moment onwards, his professional career develops quickly and he starts collaborating with Gerardo Núñez’ as first assistant during the summer courses in Sanlucar. Apart from that, Tino participates with Israel Galván’s company, performing ‘Metamorfosis’ at the XIth Biennal in Seville, next to flamenco icons as Chicuelo, Manolo Soler, El Extremeño and Encarnita Anillo.
Tino accompanied the singer Segundo Falcon; together they did a tour across Holland in 2001. He also worked with José de la Tomasa, Juan José Amador, Jesús Méndez, Antonio Campos and numerous other singers. He has played with dancer Rafael Campallo in Spain (Bienal de Sevilla 2004), Israel, México, Holland, Germany and the United States. Tino’s guitar play supported dancers as Leonor Leal, Pastora Galván and Úrsula López, Rafael de Carmen and El Choro, while performing in grand theatres like the Metropolitan (New York), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Vredenburg (Utrecht).
His first album ‘Desatino’ (2004) was produced by Cepillo, with an exceptional appearance of Miguel Poveda. The second album ‘Tino’ was released in February 2007. Great artists, among others Andrés Marín, Cepillo and Sonia Miranda participate.. In 2016 his last álbum was released, ‘Curioso Impertinente‘.
As studio musician, Tino recorded with Estrella Morente, Sal Marina, Jorge Pardo, Diego Villegas among many others.