Peter Lehel


Peter Lehel

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Peter Lehel


Background information

BornSeptember 13, 1965 (age 52)
Karlsruhe Baden-Württemberg

Origin Germany



Bass clarinet

Years active1990–present

Labelsfinetone music

Associated actsPeter Schindler


Peter Lehel (born 13 September 1965) is a German jazz saxophonist and composer.



Peter Lehel was born in Karlsruhe in the Upper Rhine Plain in (Baden-Württemberg). He began taking saxophone lessons at an early age. From 1988 to 1990 he studied Jazz and Pop music, focusing on saxophone at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. Until 1990 he lived in Budapest for one year, where he studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and he completed his studies in Stuttgart in 1993.


His music includes works for jazz quartet, saxophone quartet, big band, saxophone & organ, string quartet, jazz quartet with string orchestra, chamber music and symphony orchestra with jazz soloists.[1]

As an arranger, he has worked for Barbara Dennerlein (CD "Change of Pace"), Sabine Meyer, Trio Clarone with Paquito & d.. Rivera.

He is co-owner of independent record label finetone music and since 2004 he is Professor for jazz, harmony, improvisation and big band at the Karlsruhe's University of Music.


Lehel is leader of his own groups such as Peter Lehel Quartet,[2] and he is a member of:

  • Pipes & Phones with the organist and composer Peter Schindler

  • SaltaCello (also with Peter Schindler)

  • Hoppel Hoppel Rhythm Club (jazz for children)

Discography (Range)

  • Choro e Bossa Nova (2009), with Wolfgang Meyer

  • Boleros (2007), with Wolfgang Meyer

  • Soul Balance (2007)

  • Recht harmonisch (2005)

  • Live At Birdland 59 (2004)

  • Ballads (2001)

  • Heavy Rotation (1998)




Biography Peter Lehel  

Born September 13th, 1965 in Karlsruhe, Germany           


Composer, arranger, one of Germany`s leading saxophone players



Musical Studies 

  • Music University in Stuttgart, Germany

  • Ferenc Liszt Music University in Budapest, Hungary 1988-96


Jazz Awards 

  • Baden - Württemberg in 1997 (one of the most valuable jazz awards in Germany)

  • 2nd place in 1996

  • Prize of German CD Critics(September 2000 for CD PIPES & PHONES "suites" and 2006 for CD Hoppel Hoppel Rhythm Club "Vol. 2"))

  • 1st prize at international competition Jazz and Churchorgan for the best group Pipes and Phones (August 2001, Hannover Germany)

  • Donation Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg 2004

  • Professorship at Music University Shengyang, China2007


Featured Soloist / Composer / Arranger

  • in different international working groups like Barbara Dennerlein Trio, Oláh Kálmán from Hungary, Beeble Brox USA, Siiri Sisask Estonia, Ulisses Rocha European Brazil Trio

  • composer / arranger for international featured soloists like Sabine Meyer, Wolfgang Meyer, Henning Wiegräbe, Albrecht Breuninger, Paquito d´Rivera, Barbara Dennerlein a.o.


Composer and Performer

  • with classical orchestras like Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn, Budapest Chamber Symphony, Artisfact Chamber Orchestra, Rheinland-Pfalz Staatsphilharmonie a.o.

  • recordings playing on countless CDs as a guest musician

  • Producer of more than 70 published CDs with his original music



  • Music School Ettlingen since 1991,

  • University of Music Karlsruhe since 2004 (Saxophone, Bigband, Jazz Theory)

  • clinics all over Germany,

  • Masterclasses in China (Beijing, Shengyang, Hangzou, Dalian)

  • Guest professor Shengyang Music University



  • USA, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Caribean Islands, Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Romania, Switzerland, Austria, Turkey, Greece, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Arabic Countries, Egypt, Israel, Oman, Cuba, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Jamaica



About his musical ideas 


As a saxophone player Peter Lehel is standing in the heritage of the great tenor & soprano saxophonist John Coltrane and other modern players.

With his compositions he is working on combining more advanced classical composition techniques and forms with the free spirit of modern jazz improvisation.

His work includes pieces for jazz quartet, saxophone quartet and quintet, bigband, church organ & saxophone, string quartet, jazz quartet with string orchestra, chamber music and symphony orchestra with jazz soloists.

As a arranger he has been working for Barbara Dennerlein (CD "Change of Pace"), Trio Clarone with Sabine Meyer & Paquito dRivera.

He is leader of his own groups like Peter Lehel quartet, Pipes & Phones. He is member of the especially in South Korea wellknown group SaltaCello, Hoppel Hoppel Rhythm Club - Jazz For Kids. He is regularly working with several String Orchestras like Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Artisfact String Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestras like Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

He founded the well-acclaimed Jazz Ensemble of State of Baden-Württemberg.

As a sideman he is working with jazz giants like Barbara Dennerlein, Oláh Kálmán from Hungary, Monika Herzig from USA, Ulisses Rocha from Brazil.

He has recorded countless CDs as a sideman and more than 70 CDs with his original music.



Peter Lehel Quartet


The quartet of the saxophone player Peter Lehel (Jazz Award Baden -Württemberg in 1997) has celebrated the 20th anniversary in autumn 2016.

This means more than 600 concerts, almost 400 titles and the release of 13 CDs and 2 DoubleCD.

This quartet is the steady working band of Peter Lehel and refers to the tradition of the great jazz quartets.

The compositions especially written for the quartet procure moods and sound pictures which deliver the source for versatile possibilities of expression and much space for the soloists.

Yon can hear clearly structured passages as well as more free concepts of playing.

The quartet`s sound is enriched for example by Lehels lyrical bassclarinet and by the masterly bowed acoustic bass of Mini Schulz.

The musicians are well aware of the jazz history and of the european classical music.

This leads - in addition with joy of playing and improvising - to the unique profile of the quartet.



Diskography Peter Lehel Quartet


2016  "Missa in Jazz"

2015  "Chamber Jazz"

2014  "The Clarinet"

2013  "I Wish You Love"

2012 „Song of Praise“ with Chamber Choir Baden-Wuerttemberg

2012 „Bone Talks“ with Henning Wiegräbe, trombone

2009 „Choro e Bossa Nova“ with Wolfgang Meyer, clarinet

2007 "Soul Balance" with String Orchestra Artisfact  

2007 "Boleros" with Wolfgang Meyer, clarinet    

2004 "Live At Birdland"                      

2003 "Moods"                                  

2000 "Ballads"

1998 "Heavy Rotation"











Sean Cheng

Peter Lehel Asia/ America Performance Manager and Event Organizer 

Email SeanRayCheng@gmail.com



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