Prof. Peter Weniger
Head of Department Reeds-Woodwinds]
Peter Weniger, born in 1964 in Hamburg, is one of the most spectacular saxophone soloists on the internationalen jazz scene.
He began his studies at the Hamburg Music Academy, where in 1984 he gained a diploma in popular music (at the time an experimental course). In 1992 he completed his jazz studies with ”summa cum laude“ at the Music Academy in Cologne.
He received many awards for his playing. In 1988 he won the Tonger music competition for saxophone in Cologne. In 1989 he was voted best soloist in the jazz festival in Karlovy- Vary in the former Czechoslovakia, In 1996 he received the SWF Jazz award and his CD ”Tip Tap“ the quarterly prize of the German recording critics. In 1998 he won the Jazz Pot for the best progressive artist..
Peter Weniger has so far published nine CDs under his own name, working with e.g. Hubert Nuss, Conrad Herwig, John Aebercrombie, Rufus Reid, Adam Nussbaum, David Liebman, Carl Allen, Dennis Erwin, John Schröder, Jeff Hamilton, Christian Ramond, Lynn Seaton, Wolfgang Haffner, Decebal Badila, Rob Pronk and the Metropol Orchestra. He has also recorded and toured with the most diverse artists and ensembles, including Jasper van´t Hofs „Pili Pili, Billy Cobham, Eddie Palmieri, Lionel Richie, Django Bates, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, David Friedman’s TAMBOUR, Peter Herbolzheimers RC&B, the Paul Kuhn Orchestra and the ARD Big Bands of SWR, HR, NDR and WDR.
Since the winter semester 1999/2000 he has been Professor at the University of the Arts Berlin.
Projects: Peter Weniger Trio feat. Wolfgang Haffner & Decebal Badila, David Friedman´s TAMBOUR (CD: Earfood )
Born 1958 and lived in the Vogtland until 1974.
Musical education at the Oelsnitz music school (clarinet).
1974-1980 studied saxophone, flute and piano at the HfM "Hanns Eisler" and has taught there since 1995.
Since 1978 has worked as professional musician in various genres, e.g. as soloist in the Radio Big Band Berlin (1985-87), "Fusion", U. Kropinski Quartet, H.Zerbe Brass Band,
National Jazz Orchester of the GDR, " Fiedler/ Eitner/ Schlott" or the "College-Band", which won 2nd prize in the international Jazz Contest in Hoilaart (B).
Own projects since 1985, e.g.:
• Volker Schlott quartet ( J.Heckel /git , U.Moritz /dr, M.Lillich /bass), annual Deutsche Schallplattenkritik award 1996,
• Reeds Solo ( solo CD ”the 12 seasons“, published by "Klangräume")
• brass quartet FUN HORNS ( 1997 D.S.-Kritik award "CD - Der Mond ist aufgegangen; 2nd prize "Hennessy-Jazzresearch" 1997);
• since 1995 "PAmagieRA" ( H.Schmiedt/piano , U.Moritz / perc , V.Schlott / reeds )
• since 1978 instrumentalist or composer in over 50 CD productions
• international tours with Pierre Dorges " New Jungle Orchestra " (DK),
Gebhard Ullmann’s "Talam 10" to Australia, Canada, USA, and with the Fun Horns to South America, Asia and Europe.
• international WS-Bands with C.Taylor ( CD-„live in berlin“FMP), J.Kühn,
• T. Oxley, Rei Harakami ( JP), S. Nabatov, J.Tchicai,H. Beckett, B.Sommer
He also composes music for stage and radio plays.
He is author of the book „”SAXOFUN“, published by AMA.
Since 1996 collaboration with Mikis Theodorakis and Maria Farantouri (several CD prod.) and with the Berlin-based New York singer J.B.Smith ( 6 CDs)
Has repeatedly won the Studio Prize of the Berlin Senate –
2003 „Magic Sound Orchestra “ ( Fun Horns , VSQ ).