Rutesheim Special Part 5: Jens Peter Maintz

Jens Peter Maintz the cellist Paganini. A Star in the cello sky.

Jens Peter Maintz has an outstanding reputation as a versatile soloist, popular 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 is a master in competing and he even enjoys competitions, he says in the episode.

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He was principal cellist 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.

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.

He also teaches is Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid sense 2017.

Jens-peter also teaches in well-known master classes as Kronberg and Rutesheim cello masterclasses.

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. ( also the price we listen to before the interview)

Recently Jens-Peter also made a video in order to collect money to refugees through a Facebook page called Classical musicians helping refugees during the corona crises.

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Classical musicians helping refugees during the corona crises

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