Assistant Professor for Jazz- and Electric Guitar
Peter Engelhardt, born 1965, started playing the guitar at the age of ten. He studied classical guitar. At the age of 15, he switched to electric guitar, started practising rock guitar styles intensively and soon after, he became a regular fixture in the local music-scene. His increasing interest in jazz music lead him in 1987 to the Arnheim Conservatory (NL) for jazz guitar.
Mr. Engelhardt first came to national attention in 1989. He played alongside Christoph Eidens at Moers' New Jazz Festival. His own composition was later broadcasted on national television.
Since 1995, Peter Engelhardt is playing guitar in legendary German rock band Birth Control. Playing rock guitar in a band tied together loose ends with his roots. With Birth Control, Mr. Engelhardt has published numerous albums (to which he contributed as a guitarist as well as a producer and composer). The band also appeared on the TV-shows Rockpalast (WDR) and Hitgiganten (SAT 1).
These days, Peter Engelhardt is busy working as a session musician in the rock- and jazz music scene. He has been playing numerous tours, gigs and studio production with diverse artists such as Blixa Bargeld, Marla Glen, der Köln Big Band, Christian Brückner, David Murray, Katharina Thalbach, Gunter Hampel, dem Tim Isfort Orchester, Ralph Peterson jr., Esther Fellner and many more.
The Bonn and Oberhausen theatres are also booking him frequently as a theatre-musician for their productions.
Since 2008 Peter Engelhardt is an assistant professor for Jazz- and Electric Guitar at the Institute For Music And Media at the University of Music Düsseldorf.