Jens Peter Maintz took the classical music world by storm in 1994 when he won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, the first cellist to do so in 17 years. Since then, he has performed worldwide with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski, Franz Welser-Möst, and orchestra including the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO), Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest of The Hague and Berlin Komische Oper Orchestra.
A dedicated chamber musician, Maintz has partnered with eminent musicians including Janine Jansen, Helene Grimaud, Isabelle Faust, and ensembles such as the Artemis Quartet and Auryn Quartet. Formerly a member of the Trio Fontenay, Mainz became principal cellist of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under Claudio Abbado in 2006.
Maintz has released a number of CDs to critical acclaim, including his debut album with works by Bach, Kodaly and Dutilleux by Sony Classical which received the ECHO Klassik award. Formerly a student of renowned cellist David Geringas, Maintz was appointed professor at the Berlin University of Arts in 2004. He plays a cello made by Vincenzo Rugeri in 1696 and another one made by Wofgang Schnabl in 2010.