Peter Lehel

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Peter Lehel
Background information
Born (1965-09-13) September 13, 1965 (age 53)
Karlsruhe Baden-Württemberg
OriginGermany Germany
Occupation(s)saxophonist, composer
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)[edit]

  • 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)


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Peter Lehel at myspace, 21. May 2011
  2. ^ Peter-Lehel-Quartet 21. May 2011