After his musical studies in Conservatory of Amiens in piano, harmony, trombone, jazz and percussions, Benoît Cambreling joined the National Superior Conservatoire of Paris in the class of Jacques Delécluse and obtains two years later the First prize.
He was 18 years old when he enters the National Orchestra of Lyon, in the beginning as main percussionist then one year after as first solo timpanist. To play under prestigious conductors such as Kurt Sanderling, Nemee Järvi, Raphaël Frubeck de Burgos, Hans Vonk, Jerzy Semkow, Emmanuel Krivine, Eliahu Inbal, Marek Janowsky, Léonard Slatkin, Heinz Holliger, Daniel Harding, Sylvain Cambeling, Ton Koopman, David Robertson and many other else .
In his participations of international tours around all of the Europe, which also including U.S.A., Japan, China and South Korea, most of them are performed in the famous concert hall such as Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Barbican hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, Suntory Hall of Tokyo and Carnegie Hall of New York.
Always as the first solo timpanist, he is regularly invited by different musical organisations which take part in symphonic orchestra, chamber music and Baroque concert. They are Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonie de chambre de Deauville, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Inventions, Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, Collegium 1704 de Prague and recently, the Toscanini symphony orchestra for a complete work “Nine symphonies of Beethoven” on European tour, conducted by Lorin Maazel.
Benoît Cambreling’s solo career including concerto interpretation which were with the Orchestre National de Lyon in 1993, Werner Thärichen’s Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, conducted by Mishiyoshi Inoue; in 2004, William Kraft’s 1st Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra, conducted by David Robertson and in December 2008, William Kraft's 2nd concerto for the 1st European Creation, conducted by Gabriel Chmura.
At the same time he gives many master classes in France, Europe and Asia. He is Guest professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In development of his passion for education, Benoit Cambreling was the principle teacher of the percussion section in French Youth Orchestra since many years. He was also actively involved for ten years in the International Percussion Forum in Auvergne, France and in the Percupassion Festival.
Created in 2004, the “Seminars of RIT” (Rendez-vous Internationaux de la Timbale) going marvellously well in France is organised and animated by Benoit Cambreling. For twice a year, students of various countries come to meet themselves in Lyon for three days, to work the solo repertoire and symphonic directory, as well as the workshops of maintenance about the instruments and re-felting timpani sticks.
Fully convinced that "the timpani has not attained its position should be in the world of music", Benoît Cambreling founded the association “Rendez-vous Internationaux de la Timbale” in order to encourage the reflection on this issue by working with the most eminent specialists and composers.
As a result, he also decided to create in Lyon the first International Timpani Competition. The primeval and the second competitions took place in January 2006 and 2008 which gained the most of success, received the best greetings from the municipal government and the national institutions.
Benoit Cambreling is at the origin in France, to revive for using the timpani with calfskin head which almost exclusively played by him for 30 years.