Philipp Maintz was born in Aachen, Germany, in 1977. He received his first composition lessons from Michael Reudenbach. He studied composition with Robert HP Platz in Maastricht from 1997-2003, graduating with distinction, followed by a further degree in composition and electronic music with Karlheinz Essl at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz. He has received scholarships and invitations from institutions including the Electronic Studio at the University of Liège, the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, IRCAM Paris and the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Culture, an Artist’s Scholarship from Lower Saxony for the Künstlerhof Schreyahn and other honours: the Supportive Prize from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation in 2005, a scholarship from the Wilfried Steinbrenner Foundation in 2006 and a German Government Scholarship to study at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2007, Scholarship awarded by the German Minister of Culture for a one-year stay at the German Academy Rome, Villa Massimo (2010) as well as at the Villa Concordia Bamberg (2015/2016). His compositions have been performed at festivals including the International Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam, agora-festival, Paris, ars nova (SWR), International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, musica (Strasbourg), Wien Modern, Hear&Now London and the Salzburg Festival. His opera MALDOROR was premiered in 2010 at the Biennale Munich. In 2019 his chamber opera THÉRÈSE after Emile Zola and a libretto by Otto Katzameier was premiered at the easter festival Salzburg as well as the State Opera Hamburg.