Wolfgang Manz is a prizewinner of the 1981 Leeds and 1983 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competitions, as well as being a recipient of the Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Prize in Berlin and a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition jury award.
He is primarily influenced by the German and Eastern European pianistic schools. As a much in-demand soloist—with orchestras, in recital, and in chamber ensembles—his repertoire includes more than 50 concertos and an extensive solo programme.
He has performed with many German and British orchestras including an appearance at the 1984 Proms in London as soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Concert tours have taken him to major cultural centres including the Cologne Philharmonie, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Munich Herkulessaal, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, London’s South Bank, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
Apart from his career as a soloist, Wolfgang Manz has gained much recognition as a pedagogue and in 2000 he was appointed professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg.