Born and raised in Lower Saxony, Schnabel attended Hamburg’s Academy for Music and Theater and had the opportunity to study with Ernst Friedrich Felsch, Marcio Doctor, Frank Gratkowski, and Wolf Kerschek among others. She has recorded with Dominic Miller and Lars Danielsson, and performed with Jiggs Whigham, Maria Joao and Michel Benita as well as the late legends Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor. She has won several scholarships as well as the "Echo"-Jazz prize, the Jazzspatz prize, the Praetorius Music Preis and the Ebel Stipendium. Anna-Lena performed with the ''Bundesjugendjazzorchester''(BuJazzO) and she also played Saxophone with the ''Hamburger Symphoniker''. Apart from appearing on stage on highly recommended festivals (Jazzbaltica, Elbjazzfestival, Jazzfest Berlin) she also regularly plays abroad (China. Australia. France. Poland. Russia. Turkey. Ungary. Senegal and Guinea-Bissau)
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