About Lasse Grunewald

Lasse Grunewald is a budding young saxophonist and arts administrator from Hamburg, Germany. Born in Lüneburg, Lasse was raised in Flensburg where he first showed a spark of musical interest at the tender age of three. Five years later he had found “his” instrument and began his study of the saxophone.

In 2011 he moved to the United States of America in order to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies in the genre’s country of origin. During his studies at Western Michigan University (WMU) Lasse worked and performed with noted jazz musicians such as Joe Lovano, the New York Voices, John Clayton, Billy Drewes, Alon Yavnai, Jamey Haddad, Mike Crotty, Billy Hart, Tim Hagans, Peter Eldridge and Fred Hersch, and others. Though many ensembles, and performance opportunities kept him busy, Lasse pursued his academic excellence relentlessly over the course of his collegiate career. He was a member of the Honors Society at WMU, and in his senior year was named Presidential Scholar, an annual award given to one graduating senior based on outstanding academic and artistic accomplishments. Lasse graduated from WMU with highest honors in 2015.

Aside from his studies Lasse gained significant performance experience on various stages across Europe and America. His most memorable performances were as a guest soloist for the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra in Sonderburg, Denmark and as a headliner with WMU’s Gold Company, a vocal jazz ensemble, at the “Les Choralies,” an annual choral festival of 5,000 participants in Vaison la Romaine, France.

Although he can predominantly be found playing in jazz settings, Lasse can also be heard on stage with rock, pop and DJ acts as part of many different ensembles. Currently he is focusing on combining the early jazz tradition with modern popular music in a group called the Ragtime Bandits. Additionally, Lasse is teaching saxophone and flute at the “Klangperle” in Reinbek, Germany.

In the fall of 2015 Lasse began pursuing his Masters Degree at the Institute for Cultural- and Media Management (KMM) at the Hochschule of Music and Theatre Hamburg (HfMT). He finished the two-year program in September 2017 as Master of Arts in Cultural- and Media Management with highest honors.

In addition to his career as a performing musician Lasse is working for the jazz department at the HfMT Hamburg as program coordinator.

Lasse Grunewald (2017)