Benedikt's Jahnel musical education began in the south of Munich with classical piano lessons. This was followed by six years in state and federal jazz orchestras, studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with David Friedman and Hubert Nuss and at City College New York with John Patitucci, Kenny Werner and Jean-Michel Pilc.
Winning prizes among others: 2003 Jazz Award Tübingen: 1st Prize, Best Band 2004 Möbus Award, Berlin: 1st Prize, Best Band 2006 Brunswick Award for Composition, New York (USA): 1st Prize 2011 Creole Jazz Award, Federal Competition Berlin: Winner
ours have taken Benedict to more than 40 different countries, including Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, England, Netherlands, Finland, Spain, France, Portugal, South Korea, USA, Canada, Israel, Syria, Sudan, Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, Japan and Venezuela.
Festivals among others: Montreal Jazzfestival (CA), Jazz Baltica, Münchner Klaviersommer, Jazz An Der Donau, Jazz-Festival Usti Nad Laben (CZ), Int. Jazz Festival In Hermanstadt (RO), Patras (GR), CUNY Festival New York (US), London Jazzfestival (GB), Vancouver Jazzfestival (CA)
CD productions among others: Max.bab: feat. Martin Scales (embab), going home (embab), Live feat. Charlie Mariano (embab), Bright Eyes (embab), Inner Orbit (ACT); with Cyminology: Per Se (doublemoon), Bemun (doublemoon), Asnej (ECM), Saburi (ECM); Phoenix (ECM); with TRIO: Modular Concepts (material records), Equilibrium (ECM).