Born and raised in Dresden, conductor Eckehard Stier feels like a musical citizen of the world. From being a member of the famous Dresden Kreuzchor, he went on to become GMD of a German three division theatre, and Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand.
He has appeared on four continents in numerous engagements with leading orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic.
2017 has seen Eckehard Stier appearing again with the London Symphony Orchestra in three concerts in London and Paris. Further engagements included a.o. his debut in St. Petersburg and a return to the Massimo Bellini Orchestra in Italy.
Musical encounters with leading soloists such as Alina Ibragimova, Cloë Hanslip, Nicolas Altstaedt, Ragna Schirmer, Natalia Lomeiko, Maxim Rysanow, Gilles Apap, Cédric Tiberghien, Nikolai Demidenko, Andreas Boyde and Per Arne Glorvigen or Raphael Wallfisch have led to long-lasting cooperations.
He has built a strong audience relationship and receives critical praise for his distinguished performances as well as championing contemporary and lesser-known masterworks. With the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra he has conducted numerous New Zealand premieres, including John Corigliano’s Mannheim Rocket and Campane di Ravello, John Adams’s The Wound Dresser, Paul Schoenfield’s Four Parables for Piano and Orchestra, and Duke Ellington’s tone poem Harlem. Eckehard Stier’s interpretations of symphonic works by Mahler and Shostakovich are internationally acclaimed.
With a broad repertoire of more than 80 operas, Eckehard Stier is also highly regarded as an opera conductor, in particular for his interpretations of works by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.
In addition, Eckehard Stier performs as a pianist , accompanying and interpreting silent movies, and jazz while his innovative approach to music is reflected by projects involving ethnic and cross-over styles.