Born in Hamburg, he played as a cellist and double bass player in various youth orchestras before he began to study school music at the "Franz Liszt" Academy of Music in Weimar. He gained experience as a conductor at an early age and took over the direction of the "Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Jena Music and Art School" in his fourth semester. At the same time Martin Lentz began studying conducting with Prof. Frischmuth in Jena.
This was followed by the founding of the “Landesverband Thüringen der Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland” and the deputy school directorship of the Music and Art School Jena. Martin Lentz is also a guest lecturer of various courses at Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland. In December 2004, he got in touch with the Barenboim-Said Foundation, for which he has been working intensively since 2005 as a consultant for the music education program in the Israeli-occupied territories, particularly Ramallah. His attachment to new music is reflected in a number of premieres and world premieres of Siegfried Müller, Concertino for Piano and Small Orchestra (UA), Thilo Jaques, “Schwarz / Weiß” (UA), Matti Murto, Violin Concerto (DEA), E. Rautavaara “The True And The False Unicorn” ( DEA).
In all areas, from opera to musical, early music to cross-over, educational to professional projects, Martin Lentz was and still is engaged. One example of this is the cooperation projects he has conducted between the STÜBA Philharmonic Orchestra and Clueso, the Blue Beans Big Band and the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, and the youth orchestras of the Jena Music and Art School and the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2012, the father of four has been the director of the Bremen-Mitte Youth Symphony Orchestra with whom he has already undertaken concert tours throughout Europe and led projects such as the “International Youth Symphony Orchestra. ”