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Jazz Guitar

Joachim Schönecker


As a leader or as sideman, guitarist Joachim Schönecker has worked with many reknown musicians like Patti Austin, Paquito D ́Rivera, Peter Erskine, Rich Perry, Bert Joris, Philippe Aerts, Jan Delay, Don Braden, John Riley, Jef Hamilton, "Toots" Thielemans, Dick Oatts, John Marshall, Michael Abene, Peter Weniger, Richie Beirach, the WDR Bigband and the WDR Sinfony Orchestra.

He has released five CDs as a leader, with world-famous artists like Chris Potter, Adam Nussbaum, Jef Hamilton and Peter Bernstein and has contributed his playing to internationally acclaimed productions, like Patti Austin ́s Grammy winning CD 'Avant Gershwin'.  The german Foreign Ministry and the “Goethe Institut” have invited Joachim to perform in Egypt, Sudan, Turkey, Serbia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenia, Djibouti and Uganda.
Joachim Schönecker has been teaching jazz guitar and ensemble classes at the 'Hochschule für Musik und Theater' in Leipzig, at the 'Hochschule für Musik Saar' in Saarbrücken and the 'Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover' and the 'Institut für Musik der Hochschule Osnabrück'. Since 2016 he has taught at the 'Conservatorium Maastricht'.
He also is booked for teaching clinics and masterclasses worldwide, was part of the teaching staf of the 'Taipei International Summer Jazz Academy' in Taiwan and regularly contributes workshops to Germany ́s biggest guitar magazine 'Gitarre & Bass'.
In the last years, he has also been much in demand as a composer and producer of the music for various theater productions at 'Schauspielhaus Bochum', 'Staatstheater Darmstadt', 'Theater Heidelberg', 'Schauspiel Frankfurt', and 'Theaterhaus Jena'.
Joachim Schönecker has studied at the "Hilversums Conservatorium" in Holland and at the „Musikhochschule Köln“. In 1995, he was a semi-finalist in the renowned "Thelonious Monk Competition" in Washington D.C.