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While Axel was still at school, he decided to follow the career of a professional musician. His studies of music took him to different institutes and colleges (Robert Schumann Konservatorium Duesseldorf, Musikhochschule Rheinland Cologne, Banff Center of Arts Canada). His work as a jazz guitar player was deeply shaped in workshops and private tuition by John Scofied and John Abercrombie. In the eighties Axel entered the European jazz scene playing his guitar in the Christoph Spendel Group, in 1984 he launched his own Axel Fischbacher Group and in various own projects he played alongside Marc Johnson, Adam Nussbaum, Michael Urbaniak, Barney Wilen, Annie Whitehead, Mike Richmond, Ingrid Jensen, Danny Gottlieb, Mark Egan, and Paco Sery. Since 2009 Axel has been the musical director of the "Hilden Jazz Workshops" (summerjazz, vocaljazz, crossover bandmeeting, guitar meeting hilden) with prominent international lecturers.