Fiete Felsch

Born December 26, 1967, Fiete Felsch started his pursuits in music by playing clarinet and piano, eventually studying with the American Saxophonist Herb Geller in Hamburg at the age of 14.  Felsch then played in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Germany, called BUJAZZO, directed by Peter Herbolzheimer, and was also a member of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra.  He went on to study at the University of North Texas as a full scholarship recipient, during which time he won the saxophone competition of the North American Saxophone Alliance and was voted Most Outstanding Student in Jazz Studies at UNT.  Upon returning to Germany, Felsch quickly became a very busy soloist and section player, working all over Europe.  In 1995, he joined the Radio Big Band in Hamburg (NDR BIG BAND) as lead alto player.  Currently Professor of Saxophone and Improvisation at the College of Music at HFMT in Hamburg, Felsch has worked with legendary musicians including Wayne Shorter, Al Jarreau, Albert Mangelsdorff, Jimmy Cobb, Ray Charles, Dave Holland, Lee Konitz, Chris Potter, Bobby McFerrin, and many more, performing on more than 150 CDs.  He also remains active as a busy first-call studio musician.

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