Benedikt Jahnel (born on 28th May 1980 in in Geretsried) is german jazz pianist and composer.
Benedikts musical training started in Munich, southern Germany with
classical piano lessons. Followed by six in the Bavarian and German
youth Big Band as well as studies at the University of Art in Berlin
with David Friedman and Hubert Nuss, and at City College New York with
John Patitucci, Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc ..
Benedikt toured with his ensembles in more than 35 countries around the
globe. His is holder of several music awards and scholarships including
one from the DAAD that allowed him to live and study in New York between
2005 and 2007. His is very greatful for beeing given the opportunity to
work as assistant teacher and giving workshops at several universities.
As leader and coleader Benedikt has released a number of recordings. In
the past years he has worked with the follwoing musicians and groups:
'Benedikt Jahnel TRIO'; 'Cyminology'; 'Max.bab'; 'Metropol Orchestra'
(NL) (Leitung: John Clayton); 'Bundes Jugend Orchester' (Leitung:
Gunther Schuller); 'Prana Trio New York' (USA); 'Matteo Sabatini
Quartet' (I, USA, D); Phil Woods, Johannes Enders, Charlie Mariano,
David Friedman, Frank Möbus, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Dave Liebman, John
Abercrombie, Manfred Eicher, Clarence Penn, Dan Weiss and Steve Davis.
Jahnel also has a PHD in mathematics. He is currently working as a
researcher at the Weierstrass-Institut Berlin. His main intrests are
interacting particle systems and their describtion via Gibbs-measures in
the contect of probability theory.
„This guy is swinging…“ - „…great flow“ says Richie Beirach and John
Taylor adds: „Benedikt is an energetic young musician with excellent
time and interesting ideas“ - „…I was pleased to hear his new
“He will prove to be a bright light in the field of creative jazz.” (Garry Dial)
„Benedikt is a creative, sensitive and commicative personality“ - „He plays his ass of“ (David Friedman)