Originally from Berlin, Germany,
Benjamin started playing the saxophone when he was 14 years old.
First he was trained classically, but later he privately studied
saxophone and jazz with Wolfgang Kogler, David Baker, Mack Goldsbury,
Mike Lee, Uli Lenz, Gebhard Ullmann, Mike Zilber, Steve Coleman
among others. He writes and arranges music, and has played in
several groups over the past years including the Berlin Youth
Jazz Orchestra, the IU Big Bands, lead his own quartet and founded
the Saxophone Cartel. The Saxophone Cartel released their first
CD "Caught in the Act" in July 2005.
From 1998 until 2004 he lived in
Bloomington, IN, where he earned his PhD in Mathematics and works
in a postdoctoral
position at the University of Bonn, Germany, after having
completed a one-year research fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute.
Here he still plays and teaches the saxophone.
Info (in German) about Benjamin
Info about the Saxophone Cartel