Christoph Maria Wagner studied conducting, composition and piano performance at the Cologne University. As a conductor, Wagner has worked together with Lachenmann, Kagel, Klaus Huber and Ingo Metzmacher as well as with groups such as the Ensemble Modern and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. He has given guest performances, conducting at the Cologne Opera House, the Cologne City Theater, for the DoelenEnsemble in Rotterdam, the WDR-Funkhausorchester Cologne and the Bochumer Symphoniker. He has been working with the E-MEX Ensemble for many years. As a composer, Wagner's catalogue of works comprises nearly fifty compositions of the most diverse genres and instrumentations. In addition to piano music, musical theatre also constitutes a main focus of Wagner's creative activity. Here he follows unusual and often bizarre paths in his choice of subjects and their realization.
His recording of his own piano works won a four-star-rating at Le Monde de la musique. During the season 2013/14 he has held a residency as a composer at the philharmonic orchestra of Hagen including several commissions, performances as piano soloist and conductor. In 2016 the Deutschlandfunk co-produced his new CD remiX which has been released in October last year.