Philipp Maintz is one of the most promising composers of the young generation. After the great acclaim of his string quartet, INNER CIRCLE, premiered in 2004 at the Wittener Tage für Neue Musik by the Arditti Quartet, he composed a major orchestral work, heftige landschaften mit 16 bäumen, which was premiered at the Salzburger Festspiele on 21 August 2005 by the Radio-Sinfonierorchester Stuttgart under Lothar Zagrosek and subsequently given in british first performance by the BBC symphony orchestra under Pierre-André Valade. His latest work (for ensemble and live-electronic) was premiered in November 2005 at the festival Wien modern by the Ensemble Intégrales with great success.
Philipp Maintz was born in 1977 where he received his first composition lessons as a student of Michael Reudenbach from 1993 to 1997. In 1997 he started his composition studies with Robert HP Platz at the Maastricht Conservatory and graduated in 2003 as a Master of Arts with honours. Since 2001 he has additionally taken courses at the CRFMW (Centre de Recherches et de Formations Musicales de Wallonie) of the Université de Liege. In 2003 he did a Stage de Composition et d’Informatique Musicale at IRCAM in Paris. Since the autumn of 2003 he has been studying with Karlheinz Essl at the Studio for Advanced Music Technologies of the Bruckner Conservatory, Linz (Austria). Philipp Maintz lives currently in Berlin.
In 2002 Philipp Maintz was awarded a grant by the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt and an Honourable Mention at the International Gaudeamus Music Week, Amsterdam. He was Composer in Residence at the Künstlerhof Schreyahn (Germany) in 2004. In 2005 he was awarded the Ernst vonSiemens Musikstiftung Grant, in January 2006 also the scholarship of the Wilfried-Steinbrenner-Foundation.
His works for solo instruments, chamber ensemble and orchestra have been performed by the Arditti Quartet, Zephyr Quartet, Ensemble InterContemporain, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Ensemble ’88, IXION Ensemble, Ensemble Intégrale and the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart as well as by Bernhard Wambach, Armand Angster, Melise Mellinger and Irvine Arditti. His music has been performed at festivals such as the International Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam), Rheinisches Musikfest (Cologne), tremplin (Paris), Schreyahner Herbst, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt), ars nova (SWR), Salzburger Festspiele, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Festival Agora (Paris) and Wien Modern.
photo: © 2006 philippe gontier, paris