Wolfgang Manz


Wolfgang Mainz was born in Düsseldorf. He started his piano studies with the Czech pianist Drahomir Toman. From 1980-1986 he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover with Prof. Karlheinz Kämmerling. He has won prizes in numerous international piano competitions, including the Mendelssohn Bartholdy Prize in Berlin (1980), the Leeds International Piano Competition (1981), and the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels (1983). He performs regularly in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and as a soloist with orchestras, and his repertoire includes over 50 piano concertos. He has appeared with numerous renowned orchestras and conductors, including the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Residenz-Orchester Den Haag, RSO Berlin, Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Münchner Kammerorchester , Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Nürnberger Symphoniker, and the Staatskapelle Dresden. He has TKTK. He played Rachminoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 for Uwe Scholz’ choreography in 1986, when Scholz was director of the Zurich Ballet. Since then, he has appeared regularly as a soloist for Scholz’ work at the Zurich, Leipzig, Munich, Berlin, and Dresden opera houses. Since 2000, he has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg, and was prorector from 2001-2005. He has given yearly master classes in Seoul, Korea, since 2001. He has been a member of the jury of international piano competitions, including the first International Rachmaninoff Piano Competition for your pianists in Darmstadt in 2008, and the fourth International Rachmaninoff Piano Competition in Moscow. He has been president of the Darmstadt-based International Rachmaninoff Society since 2014, and appears at the Oper Leipzig in the 2014/15 season as the piano soloist for the Ballet performances of Rachmaninov.