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 the Gerhard-Hauptmann-Theater in Görlitz and Chief Conductor of the New Lausitz Philharmonic, and Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand.
He has appeared on four continents in numerous engagements with orchestras such as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Munich Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, and Robert Schumann Philharmonic Chemnitz among many others.
Recent engagements have seen Eckehard Stier appearing again with the London Symphony Orchestra in three concerts in London and Paris, with the Nuremberg State Philharmonic in an all-Shostakovitch-programme, with the Orchestra of the Swan, and with Det Kongelige Kapel, the orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen. Further, he returned to the Massimo Bellini Orchestra in Catania, and he will return to the Orchestra of the Swan. Special projects will see him among others at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Philharmonie Essen, and at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Music Festival.
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.