Martin Manz was born in 1958 in Augsburg. At the age of five he began taking violin lessons from Helmut Haug, who recognized his musical talent very early and furthered his progress until he was accepted in Rudolf Koeckert's master class in 1974. His instruction primarily focused on developing his sensitivity for classical style as well as chamber music. And so Martin Manz succeeded in winning the coveted Musician's Encouragement Prize from the Augsburger Allgeneine newespaper in 1979. Directly thereafter Augsburg's General Music Director, Gábor Ötvös, invited him to assume his first professional engagement at the Municipal Theatre in Augsburg. After completing his studies with Rudolf Koeckert he took part in master classes with Ana Chumachenko, Gerhard Hetzel and Wolfgang Marschner.
In 1983, following a successfuil audition, Martin Manz was unanmously engaged for a position in the second violin section of the Munich Philharmonic. He again took advantage of the 1989/90 season and, with the support of the Munich Philhatrmonic and Sergiu Celibidache, continued his studies with Franco Gulli at Indiana University in Bloomington for the purpose of perfecting his solo skills. After his return to Germany, he succeeded in qualifying at a second audition for a position in the first violins of the Munich Philharmonic and also initiated a series of new musical activities.
Martin Manz was the principal violinist in the Alprada String Quartet, a co-founder and concert master of the Barnabas Dance Orchestra, a duo partner of both harpist Melanie Kratky and pianist Erwin Stein. In addition he was concert master of the Subscribers' Orchestra of the Munich Philharmonic and a member of the "Saitensprung" philharmonic society.