It is my great honor and pleasure to announce that I have been appointed full tenured professor of music theory with a focus on jazz/pop/arrangement (as well as classical music
thus: MUSIC 😀) at the University of Music Freiburg, Germany, starting on April 1, 2022. I am very proud and excited to return to my alma mater as successor to Otfried BĂŒsing and I cannot wait to get involved in shaping the university through teaching and research. This job is a dream come true. #dreamjob #HfMFreiburg

Thanks to everyone who has supported me on my way!!
Many greetings from Freiburg,

Hey everyone!

Tune in for the 17th edition of the DarmstĂ€dter Jazzforum! I’ll be contributing a paper about the musical education of early jazz musicians on Thursday, Sep 30 at 2:30 PM (CET):

Racial Uplift, Community und die Zukunft schwarzer Musik – Der musikalische Ausbildungskanon an den Historically Black Colleges and Universities im spĂ€ten 19. und frĂŒhen 20. Jh. und der Einfluss auf den frĂŒhen Jazz.

The conference will be streamed via the Youtube channel of the Darmstadt Jazz Institute:

For a detailed program see:

Hope to see you there or online!

Dear friends and musicians,

together with my colleague Derek Remeƥ, I recently published an essay collection Angewandtes Klavierspiel: Historische und Zeitgenössische Perspektiven / Applied Piano: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Olms):

It includes many intriguing articles by international authors, and also an article of mine about “Pierre-Joseph-Guillaume Zimmerman’s EncyclopĂ©die du Pianiste Compositeur.” I am currently working on a new translated edition (English and German) of this fantastic treatise, which gives rare and invaluable insights into the education of professional pianist composers and improvisers of the 19th century. I’ll keep you posted about the project. The essay collection is available in book stores and online.

Enjoy the read!

Release: 15 May 2019
QFTF/126 Available on CD / Download / Streaming

Philipp Teriete: Composition & Piano
Dave Pietro: Flute & Alto Saxophone
Martin Wind: Acoustic Bass
Elias Meister: Electric Guitar
Joe Hertenstein: Drums

Tracks (excerpts):

  1. »Welcome Home« (Composed by Osibisa & Arranged by Philipp Teriete)
    Words & Music by Solomon Amarfio, Francis Teddy Osei & Mac Tontoh
    © Chester Music Limited trading as Sparta-Florida Music Group.
    With kind permission of Bosworth Music GmbH
  2. »TÄkete Hjerte, Lys Sjel« (Composed & Arranged by Philipp Teriete)
  3. »Chicago Elevated« (Composed & Arranged by Philipp Teriete)

Urosh Jovanovich: Audio Recording
Roy Hendrickson: Audio Mixing
Alan Silverman: Audio Mastering
Zamarin Wahdat: Video Recording
Na’ama Keha: Video Editing

Produced by Philipp Teriete and Urosh Jovanovich
Recorded at James L. Dolan Studio
New York City 02/02/2017
©2019 by Philipp Teriete and QFTF


With his debut album afterglow the 32-year old German pianist and composer Philipp Teriete transcends various stylistic and cultural boundaries, from jazz to classical music and West-African music. The quintet takes the listener on a musical journey to Norway, Ghana, the USA and on imaginary trips through stardusts and to the sun. Philipp Teriete spans a bow that reflects a synthesis of the various influences that shaped him.
He is a cosmopolitan, a well-rounded and versatile musician, a passionate educator and researcher. Philipp Teriete studied classical piano and music theory in Freiburg (Germany), Paris (France) and London (UK) as well as jazz piano and composition in Oslo (Norway) and New York City (USA).
In 2017, he recorded a selection of his compositions and arrangements for jazz quintet in New York City. These pieces were inspired by the “afterglow,” i.e. the pleasant memories and feelings of past journeys and experiences. The pieces of the album live from the well-balanced, dynamic interplay of the ensemble and the original improvisations of each soloist. With Dave Pietro (alto saxophone and flute), Martin Wind (double bass), Elias Meister (electric guitar) and Joe Hertenstein (drums), Philipp Teriete brought together established names of New York City’s jazz scene who contribute equally to the subtle shades of the individual pieces and express the various moods and colors in their own way.

Teriete, Philipp. “From Leipzig to St. Louis: EinflĂŒsse deutscher Musiktheorie und -pĂ€dagogik auf die Entstehung des Ragtime, Blues und Jazz.” In: BeitrĂ€ge zur Popularmusikforschung 44, Bielefeld: transcript, pp. 121-146.

Purchase here:


Ragtime and blues are considered to be direct precursors of jazz. However, at the begin­ning of the twentieth century, generic distinctions between ragtime, blues, and jazz were less marked than they are today. In fact, the terms were often used in­ter­changeably. In this paper, Philipp Teriete suggests a widening of our historical lens in order to see how certain European traditions played an important role in shaping these three iconic US-American styles. While relatively much is known about the biographies and oeuvres of the creators of ragtime, blues, and jazz, music-theoretical contexts and educational back­grounds of composers do not receive the same scholarly focus. Who were these mu­sicians’ teach­ers? What exactly did they learn? Analyses only rarely address such topics and often ignore music-theoretical questions. Philipp Teriete’s research into previously unknown textual and musical sources suggests that the creators of ragtime, blues, and jazz were not only strongly influenced by a certain European repertoire but al­so by Eu­ropean (and par­ticularly German) music-theoretical concepts. Teriete demon­strates that the interaction be­tween African-American musicians and German music teachers and traditions such as the »Leipziger Konserva­toriumslehre« may have played a sig­nificant role in the shaping of ragtime, blues, and jazz.

I had a great recording session @ Dolan Studio, NYC recording some of my compositions with these wonderful musicians: Joe Hertenstein (drums), Elias Meister (guitar), Martin Wind (acoustic bass), Dave Pietro (alto sax/flute). There’s some good stuff in the making. Thanks to our sound engineers Urosh Jovanovich and Michael Ikonomidis, camera woman Zamarin Wahdat, camera man Alec, assistant Alex and to Alejandro Garcia for assistance and photos!

Now comes the editing, mixing and mastering. The album and videos will be released in 2018. I’ll keep you posted!