Walter Quintus is a German musician, composer, producer and sound engineer.
Having been recognized as an exceptionally talented violinist as a young child, he first served as concertmaster at age nine and embarked upon numerous European tours with various youth orchestras. At this time he also participated in his first radio and television recordings while also being involved in a number of record productions.
At the age of 18 the internationally renowned violinist David Oistrach offered a scholarship for advanced studies in Moscow. At the same time Mr. Quintus received an invitation to assume the position of concertmaster with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.
But Walter Quintus had other plans. After releasing two albums with his European rock band he found himself in demand as a sound engineer and producer on the flourishing recording studio scene of the time. He was soon after engaged as the chief sound engineer in one of the most renowned German studios in Hamburg where he was involved with manifold music styles in collaboration with top-flight and highly successful European artists. Various accolades followed in the form of criticʼs awards and gold records.
A subsequent and decisive long term association with the creative music label CMP resulted in yet more recognition and awards, but more importantly led to the widely shared perception that Walter Quintus had set a new industry standard through technical mastery as well a highly sensitive way of working with recording artists.
In many all-night sessions with Jazz pianist Joachim Kühn he developed the Digital Soundboard, which enables him to interact artistically and live into music, beyond engineering. This challenging way of making music premiered in the ballet-production from American contemporary dance choreographer/performer Carolyn Carlson on Broadway/N.Y ("Time Exposure") and in Theatre de la Ville/Paris ("Dark"). He also made the music for one of her ballet pieces when she was director of the Dance sector of the Venice Biennale (Biennale Danza/Venice, Italy) from 1999 to 2002. Various concerts and productions with different musicians followed up.
Walter Quintus is collaborating with a diverse assortment of some of the greatest musicians from the world's musical cultures. As a freelancing sound engineer/producer he works closely with musicians from India, Turkey, Java and Bali, as well as countries of the Middle East and Europe and all parts of the USA. Artists he has worked closely with include
Richard Barbieri, Joey Baron, Django Bates, Harry Beckett, Richie Beirach, John Bergamo, Michael Brecker, Phil Brown, Jack Bruce, Bill Bruford,
Carolyn Carlson, Philip Catherine, Gary Chaffee, Don Cherry, Eric Clapton, J.F. Jenny-Clark, John Clark, Clem Clempson, Sylvie Courvoisier, Jim Cox,
Kudsi Erguner, Peter Erskine, Bill Evans,
Mark Feldman, Anton Fier, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Buddy DeFranco, Gamelan Sekar Tunjung, Jan Garbarek, Michel Godard, Mick Goodrick, Danny Gottlieb, Shoba Gurtu, Trilok Gurtu,
Billy Hart, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Allan Holdsworth, Daniel Humair, Gary Husband, Tony Hymas,
Jadranka, Jimmy Johnson, Quincy Jones,
Mick Karn, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Eartha Kitt, Lee Konitz,
Christof Lauer, David Liebman, Steve Lukather,
Kamalesh Maitra, Albert Mangelsdorff, Ed Mann, Charlie Mariano, Jean-Louis Matinier, Pat Metheny, Gary Moore, Glen Moore, Jaques Morelenbaum, Alphonse Mouzon, Wolfgang Muthspiel,
Mark Nauseef, NDR Bigband, Adam Nussbaum,
Simon Phillips, Wolfgang Puschnig,
Maggie Reilly, Repercussion Unit,
Louis Sclavis, L. Shankar, Michael Shrieve, Markus Stockhausen, Simon Stockhausen,
Miroslav Tadic, Jahn Teigen, Thomanerchor, David Torn, Ralph Towner,
Naná Vasconcelos, Glen Velez, Edward Vesala,
Chad Wackerman, Eric Watson, Norma Winstone, Michael Wollny,
Joe Zawinul and many others.