Born in 1941, he studied composition at the Musikhochschule Dresden and the Akademie der Künste Berlin, and electronic music in Cologne. From 1976 to 1981, he studied at the Sorbonne in Paris under Xenakis, where he was awarded a doctorate in the field of musical aesthetics. He simultaneously researched digital sound synthesis at IRCAM and the CEMAMu. He was professor of composition and the director of the Electronic Studio at the Musikhochschule Dresden from 1993 to 2006. His electroacoustic and his visual musical works have been presented at ZKM, VMM Boston and New York, Cinema Fest Melbourne, CEMC Beijing, EMUfest Rome, GRM Radio France, Cinema Nouveau Montréal, Musiques & Recherches Bruxelles, and in Tokyo. He also works as a curator of visual music. Jentzsch has received international composition prizes in Boswil, Paris, Bourges, and ZKM Karlsruhe; and participated in numerous festivals worldwide. Since 2008, Wilfried Jentzsch has lived in Düren (near Cologne).