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The cellist Jens Peter Maintz, a native of Hamburg, studied with David Geringas and took master classes with Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow, and Siegfried Palm. In 1994 he won the ARD Music Competition and was appointed first principal cellist of the DSO Berlin shortly after. In 2004 he became a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts. His career as a soloist has led to collaborations with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski, and Franz Welser-Möst, performing many works by contemporary composers as well. Maintz was a member of the Trio Fontenay; he has additionally played chamber music with the Casal, Artemis and Auryn Quartets, as well as with Kolja Blacher, Isabelle Faust, Janine Jansen, Hélène Grimaud, and Wolfram Christ. Together with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, he plays in the Duo Cello-Duello. Since 2006 Maintz has been principal cellist of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA.