Philipp Maintz was born in 1977 in Aachen (Germany), where he received his first instruction in composition with Michael Reudenbach beginning in 1993. From 1997 onwards he studied composition with Robert HP Platz at the Conservatory in Maastricht, graduating with honours in 2003. There followed additional studies at the Centre Henri Pousseur of the Université de Liège, at IRCAM in Paris and with Karlheinz Essl at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz from 2003 to 2005.
Philipp Maintz has received numerous awards and stipends, including the Promotion Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation in 2005 and the stipend of the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome in 2010. He was most recently awarded the stipend of the Free State of Bavaria for the Villa Concordia in 2015 / 16.
Interpreters of his music include such soloists as Hansjörg Albrecht, Yulianna Avdeeva, Claudia Barainsky, Francesco Filidei, Alban Gerhardt, Otto Katzameier, Melise Mellinger, Marisol Montalvo, Nils Mönkemeyer and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger as well as such ensembles and orchestras as Arditti Quartet, Minguet Quartet, Ensemble Alternance, Ensemble intercontemporain, Ensemble Recherche, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra of the SWR, Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Munich Philharmonic.