Eckart Preu is Music Director of both the Spokane Symphony and the Stamford Symphony (USA).
Previously he held the positions of Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony and Resident Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. In Europe, Mr. Preu served as Music Director of the Orchestre International de Paris.
As guest conductor he has appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Auckland Philharmonia, the Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), the Orquesta Filarmonica de Jalisco (Mexico), and the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife (Spain).
Career highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, the Sorbonne in Paris, a live broadcast with the Jerusalem Symphony, and his first commercial recording featuring baritone soloist Thomas Hampson.
A passionate performer of the core repertoire, Mr. Preu believes in promoting and furthering the performance of contemporary music, Mr. Preu was awarded a First Place ASCAP award for his programming in 2014. He presented 14 works by living composers in his 2015-2016 season.
A native of Germany, Mr. Preu came to the United States as winner of the National Conducting Competition of the German Academic Exchange Service (1996). He also studied in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar and in France at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Eckart Preu’s early musical training was in piano and voice. At the age of 10, he became a member of the Boys Choir Dresdner Kreuzchor and went on to work with them as soloist, rehearsal pianist, and Assistant Conductor.
Eckart Preu is also a frequent guest speaker for businesses, community organizations and schools. In 2007 he received the Communicator of the Year Award of the Public Relations Society of America Spokane Chapter.