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Felix Peikli

Instrument: Clarinet AMT Products Used: WS

“Felix is using the AMT WS” – Felix Peikli

Born in Oslo, Norway April 2nd 1990, Felix Peikli found his way into music trough
the local Marching Band at the age of 8. They picked out the instrument, which
today seems to have been the perfect choice, a clarinet. 2 years later and
demotivated to pursue the music in the marching band, Felix received a Benny
Goodman recording by his grandfather. The motivation came right away after
hearing the dazzling and amazing music that a clarinet could produce and Benny
Goodman became the new idol. His first performance was during the Jam
session at Oslo Jazzfestival in 2002. Too young to enter the bar, Felix and his
mother Une argueed their way in. Unaware that celebrities like Joe Lovano was
in the audience, Felix played and was invited back the next day for his first hired
gig playing with a visiting band in the Grand Hotell the Mirror Hall.
This was motivation beyond belief and hard practicing layed ahead together with
upcoming achievements. Felix participated in different contest such as AOM
(local), OM (state), NM (national), UKM (nation) and won a series of prizes. Felix
became a student at Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway and studied there
with Fredrik Fors (from 2004 – 2008). He also was selected to compete on Nation
TV and won the National Dreamprize in 2005. After that achievement, Felix
begun performing heavily with about 3 – 4 gigs a week, while still in school
maintaining top grades.
Felix have always cared about helping other people trough music and have
always volunteered to play for people who need it the most, and played monthly
at a center for people with amnesia. Felix became a student at Foss Music
Highschool in 2006 and in the same year he won/received grant in ”the Grand
Chance” on National TV. After that, Felix became a national icon and the official
face fronting the art of jazz. Felix begun playing on National and International
festivals, international appearances, concerts, etc. (such as in Italy, France,
Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, U.K. etc.) and became his main
sponsor in 2007, working closely with Jorn Hoel. Felix received the Capital of
Norway Honors Prize as the youngest recepiant ever in 2007 and the same year,
Felix attended Berklee College of Music!s 5 week Program where he was granted
a Full Tuition Scholarship.
In his mission to help others through his music, Felix held a concert in 2007 in the
relation of Harry Belafontes visit to Oslo, Norway, where all the money went to
people with AIDS in the third world and ended up raising 5000 USD$ for that
cause. In 2008 Felix had his ”Ready For Boston” concert as a token of his
acceptance into Berklee College of Music the same year, and came back 1 year
later (summer 2009) touring Oslo with his Berklee Professor Harry Skoler,
playing tribute to Benny Goodman who would have celebrated 100 years in 2009.
In August 2010, Felix performed his first International Tour as a bandleader with
his group “The Felix Peikli Quintet” (Felix Peikli, Italo Cunha, Takeshi Ohbayashi,
Justin Richey, Jeff Fajardo) and appeared at venues such as Oslo Jazzfestival,
TV2, NRK1, Rica Victoria, and more.
Felix begun his studies at Berklee College of Music fall 2008 and has been so
fortunate to have the opportunity to study and play with/for many talented
musicians and professors such as Frank Tiberi, Harry Skoler, Terri Lyne
Carrington, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, Joe
Lovano etc. Felix has accomplished a lot more than most of his peers, and
thanks his Mother Une and the rest of his family and friends who has supported
him to reach to where he is today. Felix will always be on the journey for making
the best music possible and helping others.
For frequent updates, news, happenings, appearances and other information
related to the artistry of Felix Peikli, please visit him Online at his sites: