Peter Finger


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Peter Finger — Anyone who is at all interested in guitar music or, even better, acoustic guitar music, can hardly avoid this name.

Starting as far back as the Seventies, Peter Finger has enjoyed an outstanding reputation internationally as an acoustic guitarist, and the music press has included him in the pantheon of the world's best guitarists. Anyone who has listened to just one of his 17 record productions to date will gladly agree with this assessment. Countless tours have taken the successful musician around the globe: celebrated performances in Europe, the USA, Japan, etc. mark just some of the musical milestones of this extraordinary artist.

Peter Finger. Foto: Manfred Pollert Peter Finger, © Manfred Pollert

Peter Finger has accomplished something that few people achieve in our day:the perfect harmony of virtuosity, musicality and composition. His musical cosmos is boundless, showing profound knowledge of both music history and the contemporary state of the art. The attentive listener will therefore encounter the tonal language of Debussy, Ravel or Stravinsky time and again - and, in the same breath, perhaps find himself in the realm of rock. Or he will marvel at Finger's almost orchestral, sometimes breathtaking, experimental tapestry of rhythm, harmony and melody.

— It should definitely be mentioned that all of this fuses together organically instead of just standing side by side without any connection. Which is why Peter Finger's music is always a great sensual pleasure, far removed from any type of intellectual coolness - both demanding and stimulating at the same time.

That Peter Finger was able to "incidentally" win several first prizes in composition competitions and operate a studio with an excellent reputation is hardly surprising considering his diversified artistic biography. On the other hand, Peter Finger also deserves recognition as and label head: in addition to his activities as the publisher of the Akustik Gitarre magazine, he has also gathered a troop of highest quality musicians on his repeatedly distinguished label Acoustic Music Records.

  • Born in Weimar in 1954 to a conductor father. Began violin lessons at age 6, later also learned to play piano. Has played guitar since age 13. Music studies in Münster.
  • First recording in 1973; since that time, recordings on a regular basis in Germany, Italy, England and the USA. Record and/or CD releases for Kicking Mule Records, Stockfisch, Edition Collage and (since 1989) for Acoustic Music Records, represented on a number of international samplers.
  • Since 1976, repeated successful tours in Germany, the USA, Canada, Japan, England, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Finland, Poland, Estonia and Russia.
  • Since 1979, participation in numerous television and radio productions; as an employee of WDR, Deutschlandfunk and Deutsche Welle, author of various programs on guitar music.
  • Since 1981, compositions for symphony orchestra; compositions for film and television since 1985.
    In 1988, establishment of own music publishing company and the Acoustic Music Records label; since then, producer of dozens - in part prize-winning - CDs with the styles of guitar music, blues, jazz and worldmusic.
  • Since 1995, publisher of the Akustik Gitarremagazine.

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Preise und Auszeichnungen

  • 2010 Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik
  • 2003  Musikpreis Niedersachsen
  • 1985 1. Preis beim Kompositionswettbewerb des Staatstheaters Oldenburg für die Orchesterkomposition Herbstwind
  • 1984 Niedersächsisches Künstler­stipendium vom Kultusministerium
  • 1982 Preisträger des „Ernst-Fischer-Preises“ für Orchester­musik
  • 1973 Sieger beim Newcomer-Wettbewerbes Interfolk Festivals in Osnabrück
  • 1962 und 1969 Preisträger beim Wettbewerb „Jugend musiziert“


"Peter Finger is one of my all time favorite guitarists! His music is highly refreshing and his playing absolutely wonderfull."
Sergio Assad

"Peter Finger is a truly unique musician – and I love his work!"
Tommy Emmanuel c.g.p.

"Peter just seems to go from strength to strength. Everytime I hear him he has moved on and he was pretty astounding back in the early days. 'Blue Moon' is simply awesome."
John Renbourn

"I think that Peter adds a whole new dimension to the world of fingerstyle guitar. He's phenomenal!"
Buster B. Jones

"Peter is a musical bomb exploding with textures, ideas and athmospheres."
Stefan Grossman

"Peter Finger combines awesome chops with an advanced compositional sensibility that puts him in the highest echelon of contemporary acoustic guitarists."
Laurence Juber

"Peter Finger is a true original guitarist. His music is intelligent, emotional and captivating. I believe that he's one of the best guitarists that ever walked the planet!"
Peppino D'Agostino

"Peter Finger is much more than a great guitarist playing a very dynamic and intensive music with many orchestral qualities, he is a real artist and composer using his instrument as a vehicle, with a very distinctive sound and touch.He also has all my gratitude for his longtime support to guitar music in general. We owe him a lot. For all this, thank you Peter!"
Pierre Bensusan

"Peter Finger is a living legend in the world of acoustic guitar music. A virtuoso guitarist and gifted composer, he's probably done more to promote the acoustic guitar than anyone I know."
Martin Taylor

"Hector Berlioz, one of the greatest masters of orchestration, says in his method that the guitar (and he played the guitar himself!) sounds like a small orchestra. When I listen to Peter Finger playing his compositions on the guitar I have the feeling I'm not listening to a small but to a full symphonic orchestra!"
Marco Pereira
Rio de Janeiro February, 15th 2005

"The first time I heard Peter Finger completely transformed what I thought the guitar could do. I was no stranger to sophisticated guitar music but Peter's music just opened a whole new world of technique and melody."
Kevin Ryan

"Peter Finger writes music with a harmonic palette that is broader than what usually hears in the acoustic guitar world. His music is interesting, colorful and full of life. But beyond any analysis, I just like it. I look forward to each new release, and play the cd's repeatedly when they arrive."
David Tanenbaum

"…Peter has crafted a playing style all his own. His compositions represent some of the most creative, original and exciting music on the guitar scene today…"
Woody Mann

Peter Finger - Discography


  • Made of Rosewood, (2014) Acoustic Music Records
  • Flow, (2010) Acoustic Music Records
  • Dream Dancer, (2003) Acoustic Music Records
  • Blue Moon, (2003) Acoustic Music Records
  • Open Strings, (1999) Acoustic Music Records
  • Between the Lines, (1995) Acoustic Music Records
  • Solo, (1993) Acoustic Music Records
  • InnenLeben, (1992) Acoustic Music Records
  • Colors Of The Night, (1990) Shanachie
  • Niemandsland, (1988) Acoustic Music Records
  • Live, (1985) Edition Collage 418/10
  • Neue Wege, (1984) (mit Charlie Mariano und Trilok Gurtlu), Stockfisch 8015
  • Im Labyrinth, (1982) (mit Florian Poser), Stockfisch 5031
  • Windspiele, (1980) Stockfisch 8006
  • Zwei Seiten, (1979) Stockfisch 5019
  • Acoustic Rock Guitar, (1977) Kicking Mule SNFK 144
  • Bottleneck Guitar Solos, (1974) Kicking Mule SNFK 105
  • Guitar Instrumentals, (1974) Kicking Mule SNFK 104
  • Finger Picking, (1973) ALP 190

Peter Finger - Music

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