Benjamin Appel was born in 1977 in Kaiserslautern and began playing the trombone at the age of 11. After winning several prizes at the ?Jugend musiziert? Competition, he studied from 1996, starting as a preparatory student, at the Academy of Music in Würzburg in the classes of Martin Göss and Lothar Schmitt; he later graduated with a concert diploma. From 1999 to 2002 Benjamin Appel was a member of the Young German Philharmonic, during the 2001/2002 season he studied at the Academy of the Music Philharmonic. From 2002 to 2006 Benjamin Appel was engaged as bass and contra-bass trombonist at the State Opera in Nuremberg; since September of 2006, he serves in the same position in the Munich Philharmonic.