Andre Maaker (9.6.1980) is very versatile acclaimed musician of younger generation. He is a skillful guitarist, composer, arranger and sound engineer. Maaker began guitar studies under the guidance of valued jazz guitarist and teacher Tiit Paulus. Large possibilities and ways of expression of the instrument has followed him ever since, at different times being infuenced by jazz, rock, folk, pop, electronic and classical music.
He has collaborated both on stage and in studio with many acclaimed musicians in Estonia – Kadri Voorand, Villu Veski, Tiit Kalluste, Oleg Pissarenko, Sofa Rubina, Raivo Tafenau, Ain Agan, Lembit Saarsalu among others. Also there have been interesting international works with Deniss Pashkevich, Daniel Piazzolla, Laima Jansone, Teemu Viinikainen, Mārcis Auziņš, Jānis Aišpurs and Saulius Petreikis to name a few.
As a guitarist he is comfortable in genres from classical chamber music and free improvisations to folk and jazz settings.
Recent works as a composer include pieces for saxophone orchestra, guitar quintet, string quartet, children choirs and solo guitar.
Maaker has released three solo guitar albums and his playing can be heard on more than 30 albums.
Graduated University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy in 2018 (BA in Humanities) and also has worked there as a guitar, ensemble and improvisation lecturer.