|Born||31 May 1956|
Amberg, West Germany
|Years active||1989–2022 (on stage)|
Fritz Hilpert studied trumpet and percussion at the Musisches Max-Reger-Gymnasium, Germany, until 1976. He also played drums in several live bands at that time.
From 1978 he studied sound engineering at the Musikhochschule Rheinland and the FH Düsseldorf. In 1986 he received his Diplom-Ingenieur qualification (the German equivalent of a Master of Science degree) in sound and image technology.
He has made musical contributions to Kraftwerk's compositions since "Expo 2000" in 1999. He is credited as a co-composer on most of the tracks on the album Tour de France Soundtracks. Along with Henning Schmitz he works as sound programmer and engineer at Kling Klang studio and is administrator of the Kraftwerk.com and Klingklang.com websites.
While on tour with Kraftwerk in Australia, where the band were to be Global Gathering headliners, Fritz Hilpert fell ill and was believed to have suffered some sort of heart failure. This forced Kraftwerk to cancel the Melbourne show on 22 November 2008, but Hilpert was cleared to fly and continue the tour the next day.
It is thought that Hilpert's last appearance on stage with Kraftwerk was at the Cala Mijas music festival, in Malaga, Spain, on 2 September 2022.
Hilpert has not yet appeared onstage with Kraftwerk for its 2023 concert series, fueling fan speculation of his departure from the band. His status as a current or ex-band member has not yet been officially disclosed.