About Christopher Bolte

Christopher Bolte is a young Bassist born in the region of Niedersachsen – Germany and currently based in the region of Hannover who has dedicated his life to the performing, composing and recording of music. Aside from Jazz, which he is studying at the moment, he feels at home in almost any style of music one can think of and has worked with dozens of musicians of all varieties.  His playing style, distinctive tone as well as his very diverse technique know no boundaries and let the Bass speak in a unique way. In his hands the Bass can become a universal Instrument that is capable of so much more than just accompanying other players. He is more than “just” a Bassist, he is a musician.

Born in Bückeburg – Germany in 1992, Christopher started making music at the age of 4 and had his first music lessons (including musical pre-school and Keyboard lessons) at 5 years of age.

Soon, inspired by pieces of Modest Mussorgsky, he realised that he wanted to compose his own music and started composing and producing actively at the age of 11.

He then picked up and learned to play the Drums and the Guitar until he found his main instrument, the Electric Bass, at the age of 14.

Since then, a lot has changed. Over 400 concerts with crowds counting up to several thousands of people, endorsement deals with Paul Lairat Basses, Flexx Basses, Rheingold-Music, MC Systems, GruvGear, Taurus Amplification and SingularSound BeatBuddy and an ever growing schedule of gigs and studio sessions speak for themselves. Christopher is currently gigging actively in multiple musical projects, most notably Polish singer Natalia Mateo whose second album “Heart of Darkness” was released in March 2015 on the world renowned European Jazz label ACT Music + Vision and won the 2016 ECHO JAZZ award in the category “Best Newcomer”.

From 2011 – 2015 he studied Jazz-Bass at the Osnabrück College of Music (IFM) under the auspices of artists such as Achim Seifert (Trilok Gurtu, Max Mutzke), Arnd Geise (Nils Gessinger, Randy Brecker, San Glaser, etc.), Lars Duppler (Nils Wülker), Fay Claassen (u.a. WDR Bigband, Metropole Orchestra. Grammy Pre-nominee), Christoph Hillmann (Angelika Niescier, Nils Wolgram, etc.) and many more and has also been a part of the colleges representative “Urban Outreach” septet.

In a addition to that he was awarded a scholarship by the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts which he recently studied with teachers including world class bassists such as Gary Willis, Victor Bailey, Victor Wooten, Oscar Stagnaro and John Patitucci.

Christopher was granted the German Rock & Pop Award in the category “Best Bassist of 2014”  by the “Deutscher Rock & Pop Musikerverband e.V.”.


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Awards & honorings

Berklee College of Music scholarship
Sponsorship award for young composers “Jugend Komponiert NRW” 2011
German Rock & Pop Award – “Best Bassist of 2014”
Natalia Mateo is sponsored by the federal “Initiative Musik gGmbH”
Natalia Mateo won ECHO JAZZ 2016 for “Best Newcomer”
Natalia Mateo is sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute
1st place @ CMS “Bass Composer Voting” 2013