Jens-Peter Maintz - Cello

Jens-Peter Maintz
- violoncello

Jonas Grunau

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The top prize for violoncello at the ARD competition in Munich had not been awarded for 17 years when Jens Peter Maintz won the first prize of this major competition in 1994. Since then he has developed into a highly multifaceted concert performer and one of the most versatile cellists of our time. He gained several years of valuable orchestra experience as principal cellist of the Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin and travelled the world as cellist of the renowned Trio Fontenay. Since 2006 he has been principal cellist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the baton of Claudio Abbado.

Since 2004 Maintz has been a professor at the Berlin University of Arts. He plays a cello by Giovanni Grancino from 1697, the „Ex-Servais“.

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Jens Peter Maintz enjoys an outstanding reputation as a versatile soloist, highly sought-after chamber musician, and committed cello teacher. Originally from Hamburg, he studied with David Geringas and took part in masterclasses with other great cellists such as Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow, Frans Helmerson and Siegfried Palm. He was further influenced by his intensive chamber music study with Uwe-Martin Haiberg and Walter Levin.

In 1994 he won first prize in the ARD international Music Competition, which had previously not been awarded to a cellist for 17 years. 

He gathered several years of valuable orchestral experience as principal cello of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin, and travelled the world as a member of the renowned Trio Fontenay. Since 2006 Jens Peter Maintz has been principal cello of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, on the invitation of Claudio Abbado.

His solo career has brought him into contact with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski, Dmitry Kitajenko, Franz Welser-Möst, Reinhard Goebel and Bobby McFerrin. He has appeared as a soloist with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Den Haag Residenzorchester and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Alongside classical repertoire, Jens Peter Maintz has performed numerous works by contemporary composers from Isang Yun to Georg Friedrich Haas.

Since 2004 he has been professor at Berlin University of the Arts, where he teaches an exceptionally successful cello class. Many of his students are prize winners in important international competitions and some hold leading positions in major orchestras.

Jens Peter Maintz is in equally great demand as a chamber musician. He is a member of the prestigious 'Spectrum Concerts Berlin' concert series, and performs with chamber music partners such as Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Torleif Thedéen, Hélène Grimaud, Kolja Blacher, Isabelle Faust, Antoine Tamestit, and also the Artemis, Carmina and Auryn Quartets.

It is now 25 years since he formed the cello duo 'Cello Duello' with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt. Together they perform at the world's most eminent festivals, such as the Kronberg Festival, the Cello Biennale Amsterdam and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.

For his Sony Classical CD of solo works by Bach, Dutilleux and Kodaly, Jens Peter Maintz was presented with an ECHO-Klassik award. His highly acclaimed recording of Haydn's cello concertos with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen was released on the Berlin Classics label.
Since 2018 he is professor at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Jens Peter Maintz plays the 'Ex-Servais' cello made by Giovanni Grancino in 1697.

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©  Mat Hennek, Nikolaj Lund

F. Schubert: "Du bist die Ruh"

G. Ligeti: Cello Sonata No. 1
1. movement: Dialogo

G. Enescu: Oktet Op. 7 in c major

Cello Duello (Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt and Jens Peter Maintz)
transcription by Händel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia

Musik am Gothaer Hof

Friedrich Grützmacher- Konzertfantasie op. 33

Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, Hermann Breuer 

Label: Es-Dur
LC: LC07186
Distribution: Edel
EAN: 4015372820350
Release: 29.05.2015


Dmitri Schostakowitsch

Dmitri Schostakowitsch

15. Symphony
Arr.: Viktor Derevianko

Suite for Varieté-Orchestra
Arr.: Oriol Cruixent 


Kolja Blacher, violin
Oriol Cruixent, piano
Raymond Curfs, percussion
Claudio Estay, percussion
Mark Haeldermans, percussion

Label: Phil.harmonie
Release: 10.11.2014


Ernst Toch

String trio op. 63
Sonata für cello op. 50
Divertimento op. 37 Nr. 1
Sonata für violin No. 1 op. 21


Spectrum Concerts Berlin

Annette von Hehn (violin)
Hartmut Rohde (viola)
Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer (clarinet)
Katya Apekisheva, Jascha Nemtsov (piano)

Label: Naxos
LC: LC05537
Distribution: Naxos
EAN: 0636943971628
Release: 28.04.2014


Janine Jansen - Schubert & Schönberg

Schubert - String Quintet
Schönberg - Verklärte Nacht


Janine Jansen (violin)

Boris Brovtsyn (violin), Amihai Grosz und Maxim Rysanov (viola), Torleif Thedéen (cello)

Label: Naxos
LC: LC00171
Distribution: Universal Music
EAN: 028947835516
Release: 02.12.2012


Bloch: Landscapes-Works for String Quartet

Ernest Bloch - Prayer (from: Jewish life No.1)

With Galatea Quartet

Label: Sony Classical
LC: LC06868
Distribution: Sony Music
EAN: 0886979502420
Release: 06.09.2011


Cello Duello

Werke von Händel-Halvorsen, Haydn, Paganini u.a.

With Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt (cello)

Label: Solo Musica
LC: LC15316
Distribution: Membran
EAN: 4260123641467
Release: 12.11.2010


Haydn und Kraft

Josef Haydn cello concertos 1&2

Anton Kraft cello sonata

With David Adorjan (cello)

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Thomas Klug (concertmaster)

Label: Berlin Classics
LC: LC06203
Distribution: Edel:Kultur
EAN: 0782124163228
Release: 12.11.2010


Wilhelm Fitzenhagen

Cello concerto No. 2, op.4

different pieces for cello and piano


Paul Rivinius (piano)
Peter Rundel (conductor)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Label: Oehms Classics
LC: LC12424
Distribution: Oehms Classics
EAN: 4260034867024
Release: 02.08.2007


Tchaikovsky for Cello

Works by Tschaikowski, Fitzenhagen, Davidov, Brandukov

Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra
conductor: David Geringas

Label: Arte Nova Classics
LC: LC03480
Distribution: Sony Music
EAN: 743218079122
Release: 11.04.2006



Nikolai Roslavets: Piano Trios No. 2-4

Trio Fontenay: Michael Mücke (violin), Jens Peter Maintz (cello), Wolf Harden (piano)

Label: Teldec Classics
LC: LC06019
Distribution: Warner Music
EAN: 0825646932443
Release: 08.01.2001


Cello concertos of the 18th century

Works by Proporz, C.Ph.E. Bach, Haydn

With Kammerorchester Carl Emanuel Bach, Hartmut Haenchen (conductor)

Label: Philips
LC: LC00305
Distribution: Universal Music
Release: 12.05.1997


Isang Yun: 20th Century Portraits

Isang Yun: Cello concerto

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Stefan Asbury

Label: Capriccio
LC: LC08748
Distribution: Naxos
Release: 15.09.2003



Works by Bach, Dutilleux, Kodály

Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, Hermann Breuer 

Label: Sony
LC: LC06667
Release: 1996


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