clarinet, saxophone, piano
Originally from Burghausen (Germany,) Klaus Lessmann studied clarinet with Karlheinz Hahn, first clarinet of the Munich Philarmonic Orchestra; and later classical music and jazz on clarinet and saxophone at the Musikhochschule Graz (Austria).
Since 1986, Mr. Lessmann has lived near Siena, Italy, where he teaches jazz (clarinet, saxophone, combo, big band, composition and arrangement) at the school of the Siena Jazz Association and in other schools and workshops. He is also the regional coordinator for Italy of the ‘International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ)’. Lessmann also teaches music in the public schools.
As a performer, Klaus plays with all sorts of groups, from dixieland and gypsy jazz to contemporary music. He conducts the ‘Siena Jazz Big Band’ and two other orchestras and also writes a lot for his clarinet quartet. He has two books of jazz phrasing studies published by ‘Ricordi’ and a large discography of recorded albums, including a CD of his own jazz arrangements of Chopin’s piano works, entitled ‘Swing Chopin,’ put out by Jardis Records.