Berklee Summer Concert SeriesFelix Peikli Quartet
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Born in Oslo, Norway, Felix Peikli found his way into music through 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. Two years later, he received a Benny Goodman recording from his grandfather, and Benny Goodman became the new idol. His first performance was during a jam session at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2002. Too young to enter the bar, Peikli and his mother argueed their way in. Unaware that celebrities like Joe Lovano were in the audience, he played and was invited back the next day for his first hired gig playing with a visiting band in the Mirror Hall of the Grand Hotel.
Peikli became a student at the Barratt Dues Classical Institute of Norway and studied there with Fredrik Fors from 2004 to 2008. He also was selected to compete won National Dream Prize in 2005. Peikli became a student at Foss Music High School in 2006, and in the same year he won the Grand Chance on national TV. He began playing concerts internationally, including Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, and the U.K. He received the Capital of Norway Honors Prize as the youngest recepiant ever in 2007, and the same year he attended Berklee's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. He received a full-tuition scholarship to Berklee in fall 2008 and has had the opportunity to study with Frank Tiberi, Harry Skoler, Terri Lyne Carrington, Leo Blanco, Greg Osby, Hal Crook, and Joe Lovano.