Dieter Ilg, a double bassist born in Offenburg in 1961, studied at the Freiburg Music Academy with Wolfgang Stert and at the Manhattan School of Music New York. He took practical lessons from renowned bass players such as Eddie Gomez, Ron McClure, Rufus Reid and Ron Carter. From 1989 to 1991, Dieter Ilg was Ron Carter’s successor as a regular member of the Randy Brecker Quintet. For many years, he played with the Mangelsdorff/Dauner Quintet and with the French-Vietnamese guitarist Nguyên Lê.
From the mid-1990s onwards, he began to arrange folk songs as jazz pieces, finding enthusiastic colleagues in Wolfgang Muthspiel and Steve Argüelles. In 2001 he founded his own label, fullfat. A winner of the Baden-Württemberg Jazz Prize (1988), Ilg pulled musical strings in innumerable formations, including those of the Norwegian vocalist Rebekka Bakken, the Tunisian singer and oud player Dhafer Youssef and the prominent personalities Till Brönner and Thomas Quasthoff.
Together with his award-winning trio, Dieter Ilg has been invited to well-known festivals and renowned concert halls. Since 1995 he has been a docent for jazz double bass at the Freiburg Music Academy, also giving master classes in Germany and abroad. In 2011 and 2014 he won the ECHO Jazz Award in the category “Best Bassist – national”. Since 2011 Dieter Ilg’s recordings have been released by the label ACT: Otello and Parsifal were followed by Mein Beethoven, and in the autumn of 2017, B-A-C-H.