Jazz guitarist Axel Fischbacher, born in Lübeck in 1956, has long been one of the top soloists on the European scene. At the beginning of his career, he was often employed as a sideman for various rock and pop artists, but he quickly turned exclusively to jazz - Fischbacher masters all varieties of this genre from bebop to jazz rock to blues and combines them into his very own characteristic sound.
He has played numerous tours in Europe, Canada and the USA and performs at most of the renowned jazz festivals. He has released eleven albums as a bandleader (current project: "Bebop Sketches", Axel Fischbacher Trio), contributed to over 50 recordings and played with contemporary jazz greats such as Danny Gottlieb, Mark Egan, Adam Nussbaum, Ohad Talmor, Marc Johnson, Michael Urbaniak, Joe Haider, Barney Willen, Steve Grossman, Curt Cress, Stu Goldberg, Hermeto Pascoal and Ronnie Burrage.
In addition to focusing on his quintet and trio as well as many concerts and projects with renowned colleagues, Axel Fischbacher is also the initiator and artistic director of the concert series "Blue Monday" and "Jazz in der Klinik im Park" (Hilden), the "Jazzattack" (Krefeld), as well as a lecturer at the Jazzworkshop Lübeck.
guitar player as autodidact from 1973
high school diploma 1977, Theodor-Heuss-Gymnasium Ratingen
classical guitar studies 1978 - 79, Robert Schumann University Düsseldorf
studies of music and history as teaching subjects for secondary education 1979 - 80, Pädagogische
Jazz guitar studies 1981, Cologne University of Music and Dance
Jazz guitar studies, Banff Center of Arts / Canada 1986
occasional private tuition by John Abercrombie and John Scofield, 1983 to 1986
1977 - 78 entertainment music "Las dos Palomas" Torremolinos Spain
1981 - 83 guitarist and composer at the Staatstheater Kassel, Germany
1987 - 88 guitarist and musical director at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
1989 - 90 guitarist at the Basel Theater
1993 - 94 guitarist and musical director at the Theater in der Josephsstadt/Vienna
1990 - 92 Jazz & Rock School Freiburg,
1993 - 99 Swiss Jazz School Bern,
2009 - 18 Guitar / Jazz theory and musical director at the Hilden Jazzworkshops (Summerjazz / Crossover
Bandmeeting / Vocaljazz / Guitar Meeting)
Concert / Tour / Recording activity:
1981 - 83 Señora / Newsic / Elrond's House
1983 - 87 Christoph Spendel Group
1993 - 2002 Daniel Küffer Quartet
1997 - 2013 Marcus Hueltz, Jazzscience and Friends
2004 - 2009 Jörg Kaufmann Quartett
1983 - today Axel Fischbacher Group (Trio, Quartet, Quintet, plus Horns, plus Strings)
Concert series as Musical Director:
1997 - today Jazzattack, Krefeld
2005 - today Blue Monday, Hilden
2010 - today Jazz in the clinic in the park, Hilden
1983 Preis der Deutschen Phono Akademie (German Phono Academy Award) / Axel Fischbacher Trio
1987 WDR Stadtmusik Preis (WDR City Music Award) / Axel Fischbacher Quintet
1987 Preis der Deutscshen Schallplattenkritik (Prize of the German Record Critics) for Norbert Gottschalk "Light Weight Sight" as producer
1994 Prize of the Lugano Film Festival for the music of the film "Gänsehaut".
1988/90 title track and scenic music for the TV series "Sekt oder Selters".
1991/92 title track and scenic music for the TV series "Tisch und Bett”