Ulrich Maiss aka Cellectric is a sound designer, experimental musician and yet also masters a classical repertoire.
He completed his studies in classical music, majoring in the cello, at the Berlin University of the Arts in 1993. An international career as a performer of contemporary and classical chamber music followed, taking him through Western Europe, North America and Japan.
Maiss has played world premieres by well-known composers such as Joseph Butch Rovan, Mario Bertoncini, Kasper T. Toeplitz, Ulrich Krieger, Phill Niblock and Gerald Hummel.
Live and in the studio he has worked with Lou Reed, Al Di Meola, Zülfü Livaneli, Element Of Crime and Markus Stockhausen. He was a member of bands and ensembles such as envyloop, zeitkratzer, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Ensemble Oriol, ZsaZsa Buschkow, Berlin Improvising Composers Ensemble and Boris Blacher Ensemble.
In 2011, Ulrich Maiss worked at the Berliner Ensemble with Lou Reed, Hal Willner and Robert Wilson on Wilson’s version of LULU. Lou Reed and Metallica’s eponymous album is based on the music used in the stage production.
Ulrich Maiss’ compositions and sound design installations have premiered in Germany, the USA, Canada and at the Venice Biennale.
Ulrich Maiss was born in Dusseldorf in 1967. He has been living and working in Schwerin since 2018.