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, Het Metropole Orkest (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 every big star in the Netherlands like Trijntje Oosterhuis, Lee Towers, Ilse DeLange, Rob de Nijs, Hans Vermeulen, Humphrey Campbell and many more. The list of international greats is also impressive, containing names like Toots Thielemans, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Tania Maria, Al Jarreau, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan, Constantin Wecker, Charlie Mariano, Vince Mendoza, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, The Yellow Jackets, Jasper van ‘t Hof, Elvis Costello, Gino Vannelli, The Brecker Brothers, Pat Metheny, Randy Crawford, George Duke, John Scofield, Herbie Hancock, Steve Vai, Ivan Linz, Laura Mvula, Lizz Wright, Gregory Porter, and many others.
Tiehuis has been a teacher for about 10 years at the conservatory of Amsterdam where he’s still connected as guest teacher giving workshops every year.
Presently he regularly performs with the Paul Berner Band, the Toon Roos Group, the Fay Claassen Band.
In 2007 he recorded with bassguitar player Theo de Jong and percussionist Bart Fermie the cd Shaman Dance. It was the birth of the trio 3HandsClapping, an ideal combination for intimate chamber music.
Tiehuis formed in 2008 the power-impro-trio Frapear – with contrabass player Frans van der Hoeven and drummer Arno van Nieuwenhuize. In this setup they are experimenting with totally improvised concerts based on electronics, effects and soundscapes.
In 2012 Tiehuis was collaborating with the dutch flugelhorn player Ack van Rooyen and the New York poet/writer Edward Field for an album called ‘Standing Up Together’, a recording where poems and music are mixed.
Lately he’s working with his quintet T5 on own compositions towards the release of a new album. His fellow players in this challenging combination are Karel Boehlee on keys, Theo de Jong on bass, Jasper van Hulten on drums and Martin Verdonk playing percussion.