Jens-Peter Maintz - Cello

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.

During his career as a soloist, Maintz has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Bobby McFerrin and Reinhard Goebel, performing with ensembles such as the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO), the Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart RSO, the Residentie Orkest of The Hague and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Aside from his Classical repertoire, he has also performed many works of contemporary composers, including the cello concertos of Isang Yun, Jan Müller-Wieland and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Maintz is however a dedicated and much sought-after chamber musician as well. Together with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt he forms part of the cello duo „Cello Duello“, which has performed at the most prestigious cello festivals like Kronberg Festival, Amsterdam Cello Biennale and Piatigorsky Seminar Los Angeles. He has appeared at major national and international festivals.

Jens Peter Maintz studied with David Geringas and took master classes from Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, Boris Pergamenschikow and Siegfried Palm. It did not take him long to receive numerous awards. In 1993 he came third in the Leonard Rose Competition in Washington and he won first prizes at the International Cello Competition in Scheveningen and at the German Music Competition.

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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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.

During his career as a soloist, Maintz has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitrij Kitajenko, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Bobby McFerrin and Reinhard Goebel, performing with ensembles such as the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO), the Leipzig MDR Symphony Orchestra, the Stuttgart RSO, the Residentie Orkest of The Hague and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Aside from his Classical repertoire, he has also performed many works of contemporary composers, including the cello concertos of Isang Yun, Jan Müller-Wieland and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Jens Peter Maintz performs regularly in Japan, he played Prokoview ́s Sinfonia Concertante with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in Suntory Hall in 2013 and in the 2015/16 season he returned to Japan to play Tchaikovsky`s Rococo Variations (in the original version) with Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, also under the baton of Maestro Dmitrij Kitajenko.

Maintz is however a dedicated and much sought-after chamber musician as well. His partners in this field include eminent musicians such as Kolja Blacher, Janine Jansen, Hélène Grimaud, Isabelle Faust and Wolfram Christ, and also ensembles such as the Artemis Quartet, the casalQuartett and the Auryn Quartet. Together with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt he forms part of the cello duo „Cello Duello“, which has performed at the most prestigious cello festivals like Kronberg Festival, Amsterdam Cello Biennale and Piatigorsky Seminar Los Angeles.

Jens Peter Maintz has appeared at major festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival, the Lucerne Festival and the Rheingau Festival. He is a popular guest at the chamber music festivals in Utrecht, Dubrovnik and Kuhmo.

Jens Peter Maintz’s discography is just as broad as his repertoire. His debut CD released by SonyClassical with works by Bach, Kodaly and Dutilleux received the ECHO Klassik award. He made a recording of Isang Yun’s cello concerto for Capriccio and with Arte Nova he recorded a CD of romantic repertoire from the Circle of Tchaikovsky. Oehms Classics issued a recording with works by the cellist/composer Wilhelm Fitzenhagen. In 2008 the label Berlin Classics released his much admired recording of Joseph Haydn’s cello concertos, accompanied by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Jens Peter Maintz studied with David Geringas and took master classes from Heinrich Schiff, Frans Helmerson, Boris Pergamenschikow and Siegfried Palm. It did not take him long to receive numerous awards. In 1993 he came third in the Leonard Rose Competition in Washington and he won first prizes at the International Cello Competition in Scheveningen and at the German Music Competition.

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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