Interview - Jens Peter Maintz
"On his work as an orchestral musician (sometimes as a soloist who stands out at times, and at others is part of the mass), Maintz shares an interesting reflection: “if you see the music generally not only from your voice, but the whole score, which I always try to do, then actually shouldn't be a problem ”.
When working on traditional repertoire with students, Maintz affirms that he doesn´t stop “being fascinated by the music and I hope the students too”. And then he tells that he is open to any type of repertoire.
Near the end of the interview, he shares a reflection of the German thinker Edmund, which he adopts as his own: “the goal of a good teacher has to be that the students are better than himself”.
Jens Peter Maintz
… the goal of a good teacher has to be that the students are better than himself.
Jens Peter Maintz
1994 he won first prize at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
Jens Peter Maintz enjoys an outstanding reputation as a versatile soloist, highly sought-after chamber musician, and committed cello teacher.
Originally from Hamburg, Germany, 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 was the first time to be awarded to a cellist in 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, and more. 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. Maintz’s Sony Classical CD of solo works by Bach, Dutilleux, and Kodaly won the ECHO-Klassik award. Additionally, his highly acclaimed recording of Haydn’s cello concertos with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen was released on the Berlin Classics label.
Since 2004 he has been professor at the Berlin University of the Arts, where he teaches a highly popular and successful cello class. Many of his students are prizewinners in important international competitions, and some hold leading positions in major orchestras.