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Peter Schwebs

Bassist and composer Peter Schwebs lives in Hanover, Germany and New York. He works as a freelance musician with various international bands and projects performing and teaching in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S.

Peter studied Jazz & Contemporary Music at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (2000-2005) and was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to continue his studies in the graduate program at New York University (2006-2008). Peter was a member of the youth jazz orchestra "Windmachine" of the German state of Lower Saxony, and received awards at a number of national and international jazz competitions, including Jugend Jazzt, Winning Jazz, Next Generation, Niedersächsischer Jazzpreis in Germany and Concurso Internacional de Intérpretes de Jazz in Granada, Spain. From 2007 till 2008, he was an adjunct instructor for Jazz Ensemble at New York University and received the Barney Josephson Award for Excellence in Jazz (NYU 2008). In 2011, he was awarded the Artist Stipend in Music and Composition of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, Germany.

Peter performed at international festivals such as the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Umbria Jazz (Italy), Jazzy Colours (France), Jazz Rallye Luxembourg, Jazz Bez (Ukraine), Jazz Peru Internacional, Costa Rica International Jazz Festival and Thelonious Jazz Festival Chile. He has also participated in TV and broadcasting productions, and recorded with different artists as well as releasing albums with his band projects in New York: "Stories from Sugar Hill" (LAIKA Records 2010), "In-between Seasons & Places" (BERTHOLD Records 2013), "MURAL" (BERTHOLD Records 2016) and "Shishi's Wish" (BERTHOLD Records 2018).

In New York, Peter had the chance to play with internationally acclaimed artists including Joe Lovano, John Scofield, George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Lenny Pickett, Chris Potter, Randy Brecker and Ari Hoenig. For these collaborations, he had the privilege of performing at some of New York’s most prestigious jazz venues such as The Blue Note, Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center, Smalls and 55 Bar.

Since 2015, he has been working together with American-Japanese guitarist Aki Ishiguro and Chilean drummer Rodrigo Recabarren on their New York band project MURAL. On their first Around-The-World-Album-Release-Tour, the trio presented their music to audiences in Japan, Chile, Europe and the U.S. In April 2018, they released their 2nd album “Shishi’s Wish” under the German label BERTHOLD Records. Currently, the band is working on their third album. In December 2018, they got a head start on the new recording project with the inimitable Chris Potter on saxophone as a guest artist.


Artist stipend in music and composition of the Federal State of Lower Saxony, Germany (2011);

Barney Josephson Award for Excellence in Jazz, New York University (2008);

Jazz Prize of the state of Lower Saxony, Germany (Niedersächsischer Jazzpreis) with different bands (2008, 2006, 2005 and 2003);

Fulbright Scholarship for graduate studies at NYU (2006-2008);

Graduate Education Scholarship, New York University (2006-2008);

"Best International Jazz Band Award" for the band schultzing at "V Concurso Internacional de Intérpretes de Jazz" in Granada, Spain (2006);



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"Stories From Sugar Hill is yet another demonstration of the wealth of talent to be found in the younger generation of jazz musicians. [...] this excellent debut as a leader marks the young bassist as one to watch."
Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz, October 13, 2010

"What a debut! Peter Schwebs [...] delivers an album that stands among the best acoustic productions of the past few years."
Werner Stiefele, stereoplay (September 2010 Issue, Germany)
5-Star Rating and "Audiophile CD of the Month"

"A thoroughly convincing project."
Teddy Doering, Jazz Podium (October 2010 Issue, Germany)

"[...] a fantastic young bassist with a good sound and feeling... He surely has a bright future ahead of him in all directions of music!"
- Joe Lovano

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Fattoria Musica Records / Timezone


Stories From Sugar...

LAIKA Records



From: Bergmann-Moritz Quintet -...
By Peter Schwebs

Autumn-ish NY

From: Stories From Sugar Hill
By Peter Schwebs


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