Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Massimo Bellini
Eckehard Stier is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Massimo Bellini Catania. He was born and raised in Dresden, and 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 the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theatre Görlitz and the New Lausitz Philharmonic and he was the Chief Conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra from 2009 - 2015.
He has since appeared as guest conductor with the London Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Staatskapelle Halle, Münchner Symphoniker, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Robert Schumann Philharmonie Chemnitz and the WDR Radio Orchestra Cologne. 2024 Eckehard Stier will make his debut with Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestra della Fondazione Arena di Verona and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He returns to the podium of the Massimo Bellini Catania Orchestra and the Jenaer Philharmonie.
He has also conducted recordings with London Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia and with the Orchestra of the Swan.
Maestro Stier has developed fruitful relationships with soloists such as Nicolas Altstaedt, Gilles Apap, Andreas Boyde, Nikolai Demidenko, Per Arne Glorvigen, Cloe Hanslip, Alina Ibragimova, Natalia Lomeiko, Maxim Rysanow, Ragna Schirmer, Cédric Tiberghien and Raphael Walfisch.
Eckehard Stier has built strong audience and critical support for his distinguished performances as well as his championing of contemporary and lesser-known masterworks. With Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra he has conducted numerous New Zealand premieres, including John Corigliano’s Mannheim Rocket and Campagne di Ravello, John Adams’s The Wound Dresser, Paul Schoenfield’s Four Parables for Piano and Orchestra and Duke Ellington’s tone poem Harlem. Maestro Stier’s interpretations of the symphonic works of Mahler and Shostakovich are internationally acclaimed.
With a broad repertoire of more than 80 operas Eckehard Stier is well known as an opera conductor. His interpretations of the works of Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner in particular have received acclaim from both audiences and critics.
Beside his activity as a conductor he is a popular pianist accompanying and interpreting silent movies and in jazz, while his innovative approach to music is reflected by projects involving ethnic and cross-over styles.