Jens Peter Maintz

Jens Peter Maintz studied with David Geringas and took master classes with Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow, Frans Helmerson and Siegfried Palm. He won first prize in the 1994 ARD competition in Munich, which had not been awarded for 17 years in the Violoncello category. From 1995 onwards, he was principal cellist of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester (DSO) Berlin, till in 2004 he became professor for cello at the University of the Arts in Berlin as successor to Wolfgang Boettcher. At this time, he was also a long-serving member of the Trio Fontenay. At the invitation of Claudio Abbado, he has been principal cellist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra since 2006.
Jens Peter Maintz has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Japan, South America and the USA. He has worked with such conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Dennis Russell Davies, Marek Janowski, Bobby McFerrin and Franz Welser-Möst. His chamber-music partners include ensembles such as the Artemis Quartet, Carmina Quartet and Minguet Quartet and Kolja Blacher, Isabelle Faust, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Wolfram Christ, Antoine Tamestit and Hélène Grimaud.
Apart from the Classical concert repertoire, Jens Peter Maintz has performed many works by contemporary composers such as cello concertos of Isang Yun, Jan Müller- Wieland and Georg Friedrich Haas. In 2003 he was the soloist at the German first performance of Richard Danielpour’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in the Berlin Philharmonie, being accompanied by the DSO Berlin under Herbert Blomstedt.
His discography is as wide-ranging as his repertoire: his debut CD on the Sony Classical label featuring works by Bach, Kodaly and Dutilleux was awarded an ECHO classical music prize, and he followed it up with recordings of Isang Yun’s Cello Concerto for Capriccio and a CD of Romantic repertoire from Tchaikovsky’s circle for Arte Nova. On his CD with works by cellist/composer Wilhelm Fitzenhagen, released by Oehms Classics, he is accompanied by the Munich Radio Orchestra. His newest CD on Berlin Classics Label, featuring Haydn Cello Concertos with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Bremen, was enthusiastically reviewed by magazines like „FonoForum“ and „Der Spiegel“.
Jens Peter Maintz plays a cello by Vincenzo Ruggeri from the year 1696 and another built by Wolfgang Schnabl in 2005.