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Founding member of the ‘Jacques Thibaud Trio Berlin’, Burkhard Maiß has traveled the world giving concerts for more than twenty-five years.

Maiß and his colleagues have performed  in the most prestigious concert series around the world, receiving tremendous acclaim from the critics and the audience.


The New York Times stated wrote that "this is the first string trio to have as major career...they're also having fun. It's the best combination. Success is sure to come to them."


He appeared in hundreds of venues, including London´s Wigmore Hall, New York´s Lincoln Center, Washington DC´s National Gallery, Stanford University, Seoul University, Berlin Philharmonie and many more.


He recorded frequently with radio stations like WNYC, Voice of America, WQED, NPR Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday, Radio Bremen, RBB/SFB, and NDR.

Burkhard Maiß was born in 1969 in Düsseldorf and began music lessons at the age of five. In 1986 he enrolled at the Julius Stern Institute in Berlin and continued his studies under Professor Koji Toyoda at the Berlin School of Art. At that time he was first chair violinist and soloist with several chamber orchestras.

He attended the violin class of Professor Mandeau at the ‘Folkwang Hochschule Essen’, where he received his master's degree in 1996. He worked also with Thomas Brandis, concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, and Gyorgy Sebok, Leon Spierer and Wolfgang Böttcher.

Maiss is prize winner of many prestigious competitions, including the Stipendium of ‘Deutscher Musikwettbewerb’ in Bonn and the first prize of the `Folkwang Wettbewerb´ and was awarded with a scholarship from ‘VillaMusica’ and ‘Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst’.

He gave numerous master classes a.o. at Stanford, Ithaca, Philadelphia, Palm Beach, Madeleine Island, Brussels and Seoul, Princteon , Cornell, MIT, UCLA and followed many invitations to most prestigious festivals including MusicaMundi, MostlyMozart, Gidon Kremer´s Echternach Festival, Sweden´s Bastad Festival, Denmark´s Roskilde-Schubert-Festival and many more.


Together with the JTT he recorded 12 CDs. The audite recording "Beethoven, Complete String Trios"  from 2015 was nominated for the ICMA (International Classical Music Award).


Burkhard Maiss plays a violin by Lorenzo Storioni built in Cremona (Italy) and is concertizing as violinist and violist as well.

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