Biography

Photo by Mark Kohn

One of Holland’s leading guitarplayers of the last decades is Peter Tiehuis, born in Almelo on June 15, 1956. At the age of nine he started to play classical guitar, which got succeeded some years later by the electric. While playing in various rock- and soul-bands he finished a classical study at the Twents Conservatory in Enschede and a jazz study at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

His versatility has enabled him to play almost any kind of music and has led to many recording dates, also in Belgium, Germany and England, for records and broadcasting.

Next to playing in the local jazz clubs he joined internationally well known groups, such as: The Skymasters, Peter Herbolzheimers Rhythm Combination and Brass, Batida, Till Brönner’s ‘Ballad Joint’, The Wolfgang Haffner Band, The Chris Hinze Combination, Ilse de Lange, Trijntje Oosterhuis, The Metropole Orchestra (which he’s joining since 1996 as a regular member).

The list of great artists he worked with is still expanding. Over the years he played with Toots Thielemans, Benny Goodman, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Tania Maria, Al Jarreau, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Charlie Mariano, Vince Mendoza, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, The Yellow Jackets, Jasper van ‘t Hof, Elvis Costello, Gino Vannelli, The Brecker Brothers, Randy Crawford, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Steve Vai, and many others.

Tiehuis has been a teacher for about 10 years at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Lately he regularly gives workshops. Since 2005 he is part of The Paul Berner Band (with fellow guitar player Ed Verhoeff, drummer Hans van Oosterhout, Michael Moore on reeds, Paul Berner on contrabass).

With dutch star singer Trijntje Oosterhuis he is doing small tours and gigs. Together with bassguitar player Theo de Jong and percussionist Bart Fermie he formed the trio ‘3HandsClapping’ which resulted in their cd “Shaman Dance”.

Lately he’s collaborating with the dutch flugelhorn player Ack van Rooyen and the New York poet/writer Edward Field to work on a cd recording where poems and music are mixed. Tiehuis formed in 2008 his own Peter Tiehuis Trio – also known as Frapear – with contrabass player Frans van der Hoeven and drummer Arno van Nieuwenhuize. In this setup he’s experimenting with totally improvised concerts based on electronics, effects and soundscapes.