|Born||31 May 1956 (age 53)|
|Instruments||Keyboards, percussions, synthesiser|
|Years active||1987-present (on stage)|
Fritz Hilpert studied Piano and Flute at the Musisches Max-Reger-Gymmnasium, 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 worked as freelance sound engineer with several German acts as the New-Wave-band Din A Testbild before becoming associated with Kraftwerk in 1987.
He has made musical contributions to Kraftwerk's compositions since Expo 2000 in 1999. On most of the tracks of the Tour de France Album released in 2003 he is named as co-composer. 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, however Hilpert was cleared to fly and continue the tour the next day.