In 2007, Axel moved to New York City, and has since busied himself with teaching piano, composing, and performing at local venues. He also kept playing at venues in Boston, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, in 2008. In 2009, he recorded his second album as a leader with his new group, Axels' Axiom, featuring Marko Djordjevic on drums, Evan Gregor on bass, Aki Nishiguchi on tenor sax, Alex Terrier on alto sax, and Casper Gyldensøe on guitar. The album is entitled "Uncommon Sense" and features 10 original pieces.
Born in Cologne, Germany, Axel Schwintzer 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.
After graduating from Berklee, Axel lived in Boston for two and a half years, playing throughout New England with various bands.
Among others, Axel has studied piano and music with Charlie Banacos, Richie Beirach, Laszlo Gardony, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook, Frank Carlberg, Alain Mallet, Alexei Tsiganov, Bruce Katz, Dave Limina, and Matthias Klimsch. Compositionally, Axel likes to blend Jazz with elements of other styles – mostly Pop, Funk, Brazilian, and World music. His main compositional influence is the band Yellowjackets.