Berklee Summer in the CityFelix Peikli
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Felix Peikli, a 22-year-old clarinetist from Oslo, Norway, began uncovering his musical identity as a child when his grandfather gave him a Benny Goodman recording. He has played at festivals around the world and is a student in Berklee's Global Jazz Institute.
His first performance was at a jam session session at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2002, when saxophonist Joe Lovano was in the audience, leading to a gig the next day with a visiting band in the Grand Hotel. Peikli won a series of prizes, became a student at Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway, and studied there with Fredrik Fors. He was selected to compete on Nation TV, won the National Dreamprize in 2005, and began performing several gigs per week.
He has performed at festivals and concerts in many countries, including Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, and the U.K. Peikli received the Capital of Norway Honors Prize in 2007, its youngest recipient ever. After attending Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program, he earned a full-tuition scholarship.
Peikli has led his own group on two tours since enrolling at Berklee, and in 2011, was asked to be a sideman in Ralph Peterson Jr.'s jazz group, Ralph Peterson Fo'tet.
Peikli has dedicated himself to helping others through music, including efforts to raise awarness and money for battling amnesia and AIDS.