Benjamin Appl trained as a chorister at the Regensburger Domspatzen, continued his studies at the Munich Hochschule für Musik and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music. He had the fortune to be mentored by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Winner of the Gramophone 'Young Artist of the Year' Award 2016, he was a member of the BBC New Generation Artist scheme 2014-16 and an ECHO Rising Star artist and a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist for the 2015/16 season, appearing in recital at major European venues.
An established recitalist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Ravinia, Rheingau and Oxford Lieder festivals, deSingel Antwerp, Heidelberger Frühling, and at the KlavierFestival Ruhr. He is a regular performer at the Schubertiade Hohenems and Schwarzenberg. He works closely with Graham Johnson, James Baillieu, Malcolm Martineau, Helmut Deutsch and Martin Stadtfeld.
In concert he has appeared with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Gabrieli Players & Consort, Les Violons du Roy, the Bach Collegium Stuttgart, and on many occasions with BBC orchestras. He made his Proms début in 2015. His oratorio repertoire includes Bach’s Magnificat, St John and St Matthew Passions, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation and Britten’s War Requiem.
Operatic appearances include Marriage of Figaro, Owen Wingrave, Dido and Aeneas, La bohème, Eötvös’s Tri Sestri and a new commission for the Bregenz Festival.
His discography includes Schumann duets with Ann Murray; his début solo disc ’Stunden, Tage, Ewigkeiten’, released in April 2016; and a live recording of Schubert lieder for Wigmore Hall Live. His first solo album for Sony Classical, ’Heimat’, was released in March.
Benjamin Appl has previously performed at LDSM in 2015.
*See the panel on the right for details of his concerts in the 2017 LDSM festival.