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Born in Cologne, Germany, not long after Keith Jarrett played his legendary Köln Concert in the same city, Axel Schwintzer has started to play the piano at the age of 10. He studied mostly classical music at first, and later switched primarily to Jazz and improvised music.
After completing a master's program at the University of Bonn, Germany, where he majored in Political Science and English Linguistics, Axel received a scholarship to study at Boston's Berklee College of Music, from which he graduated summa cum laude in 2004. In his studies, he concentrated on performance and composition in various styles.
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