Eckehard Stier was born and raised in Dresden, and he has gone on to make a mark on the global music scene. His career began as a member of the famous Dresden Kreuzchor, where he was the first-prize winner of the Rudolf Mauersberger scholarship. His first appointment as a music director was with Gerhart Hauptmann-Theater Görlitz. For many years he was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra New Zealand.
He has since appeared as guest conductor with the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the MDR Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, the Robert Schumann Philharmonia Chemnitz among many others.
2019 Eckehard will make his Debut with the Essener Philharmonic Orchester and the Symphony Orchestra of Sankt Gallen. He will return to the Nederlands Philharmonic Orchestra and to the Neubrandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Maestro Stier has developed fruitful relationships with soloists such as Alina Ibragimova, Nicolas Altstaedt, Ragna Schirmer, Natalia Lomeiko, Gilles Apap, Cédric Tiberghien, Nikolai Demidenko, Andreas Boyde and Raphael Wallfisch.
Eckehard Stier has built strong audience and critical support for his distinguished performances as well as his championing of contemporary and lesser-known masterworks. Maestro Stier’s interpretations of the symphonic works of Mahler and Shostakovich are internationally acclaimed.
With a broad repertoire of more than 100 operas Eckehard Stier is well known as an opera conductor.