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The first musical experiences of the Braunschweig guitarist, double bass player and composer Dietmar Osterburg had nothing to do with Jazz. For ten years he studied classical violin in the tradition of his family, playing in orchestra as well as winning prizes in many solo competitions.

At age 18 he turned to the guitar and jazz. After studying German and theology in Hamburg, where he also studied guitar with Thomas Bostelmann and Richard Schumacher. Dietmar then studied jazz guitar in Hilversum / Netherlands with Henk Sprenger, and earned his diploma in Hannover, where he studied with Thomas Brendgens-Mönkemeyer. In Hannover, he also studied double bass with Detlev Beier. I numerous workshops with Jim Hall, Phillip Catherine, Steve La Spina, Larry Goldings, David Friedmann, Ronny Burage he gained further experience.

After his initial success as guitarist and composer in his own trio, and as guitarist in the band of trombonist Nils Wogram he began to concentrate more on double bass. He has played with Uli Beckerhoff, Benny Baily, Andy Martin, John Santos, Janusz Stefanski, Hänsche Weiss, Jürgen Friedrich and other musicians. For many years he has been member of the band of gypsy violinist Martin Weiss. He is also much sought after as a theater musician throughout northern Germany, and has played in many national and international festivals as well as on radio and TV and in many CD productions.

Recently the guitar has again taken center stage in Dietmar Osterburg's musical career. First he founded a Jazz Quartet with trumpeter Christian Kappe, featuring all new compositions, playing again with Uli Beckerhoff. Currently he is mainly active in the Dietmar Osterburg Trio with Andre Neygenfind on bass and Eddie Fillip on drums.