Critics refer to Peter Bolte as one of the most distinguished alto saxophonists of the younger generation and praise his highly individual alto sound and unique improvisation. At age 16, he took first prize in the competition Jugend jazzt. In 1990, he won first prize in the saxophone contest at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. In 1991, the international Karlovy Vary Jazz Festival granted him its Best Soloist Award. Peter was a guest lecturer at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Arnhem, Netherlands in 1993 and at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg, Germany in 2003. One of his compositions appears in The European Real Book published by Sher Music. Peter played with groups led by Bob Degen, Harald Haerter, Daniel Humair, Paul Heller or Henning Berg and appeared with McCoy Tyner, Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Paquito D´Rivera, Joachim Kühn, Albert Mangelsdorff and others as a soloist with the NDR-Big Band. There are twelve CDs under Peter´s name. Musicians featured on these records include Bob Degen, Achim Kaufmann, David Friedman, Paul Imm, Anthony Cox, Daniel Humair and Alan Jones. By 2019 Bolte had appeared on 82 CDs, according to Tom Lord´s The Jazz Discography.