Sergej Maingardt graduated from the University of Music and Dance Cologne with a M.Mus. in electronical composition, he got a B.Eng. from the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf in Media Technology and has a M.A. in Media and Cultural Analysis from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf. In 2014/2015 he participates at International Ensemble Modern Academy.
The tension between his activities as a composer and as a scientist is an important aspect in his music. His interests are influenced by modern technologies as well as the way they change human perception. In his works he explores the limits of aesthetic principles of the contemporary music as well as those of aural cognition. Musical pieces for audio tapes belong to his work as the pieces for acoustic instruments, live electronics, electronics with sensors, sound installations. In addition to his solo projects, he collaborates with choregraphers, video artists and pop artists.
His works have been played at: Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2014/2016, IRCAM Manifeste, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Gaudeamus Music Week, Europe meets Vietnam in Contemporary dance 2013 (Hanoi, Vietnam), Gdansk Dance Festival 2013 (Poland), Bundeskunsthalle (Bonn, Germany), Acht Brücken Festival 2012/2011/2010 (Cologne, Germany), Kunstmuseum (Bonn, Germany), Center for Art und Media (Karlsruhe, Germany) Art & Arcade (Haus für elektronische Künste, Basel, Swiss), Who Inspires Us? Tadeusz Kantor! (Cracow, Poland), Next_generation_4.0/5.0 (Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany), In Front (Aachen, Germany), Audio Art Festival (Krakau, Poland), Now & Next (tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany), Platina Festival (Cologne, Germany), Globolize:Cologne 2013 (Germany).