Bernd Maier

The German guitarist Bernd Maier was born in 1973 in Aschaffenburg, studied Classical Guitar at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt/Main and graduated with a music degree from there in 1999. He took master classes with Manuel Barrueco and David Russell as well as William Kanengiser and Scott Tennant („Los Angeles Guitar Quartet“). He also studied by himself different styles of music like Jazz or Latin American Music and showed his versatility as a musician playing electric guitar in various formations and classical guitar as a soloist and in ensembles like the BGQ. In addition to his studies Maier attended a class in musical arrangement and orchestration with the Austrian composer Gerhard Schedl.

Bernd Maier was founder of Frankfurt's "Barrios Guitar Quartet", with which he gave numerous recitals between 1998 and 2004 throughout Germany and abroad and was awarded first prize in the International Guitar Competition in Viareggio, Italy, in the year 2000.

Since 2002 Maier is working and performing with composer and guitarist Heinz Strobel. In his own recording studio Bernd Maier made the arrangements and recordings of Strobel's musical "The selfish giant". He recorded the two albums "Integration - Music for Guitars" and "Roaming", featuring works for guitar duos and solos by Strobel, released in 2007 and 2010 and made the arrangements and recordings of Strobel's music for four audio books by the Frankfurt author Jürgen Roth, which were released in 2010, 2011 and 2015 by Kunstmann publishing, Munich.

In 2015 Bernd Maier founded the „Heinz-Strobel-Project“ with Heinz Strobel. The “Heinz-Strobel-Project” combines modern sounds with traditional and classical elements as crossovers. Strobel and Maier musically fuse contrasting styles of Rock, Jazz and Classic and the contrary sound and character of electric guitar, keyboard, drums and classical concert guitar together to become one.