Maestro Eckart Preu Selected New Music Director at Long Beach Symphony
2016-08-23 · By Editor
The Long Beach Symphony Association Board of Directors is thrilled to announce the hiring of Maestro Eckart Preu (rhymes with joy!), the 8th Music Director in our 82-year history.
After an exciting, national, two-year search for our next artistic leader, and with input from our musicians, patrons, and donors, Maestro Preu was elected at a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors on August 2, 2016.
Maestro Preu led a brilliant concert on June 4 and wowed audiences, musicians, and donors alike with his exhilarating and expressive performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, along with the Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the virtuosic and passionate Natasha Paremeski.
Currently serving as music director of the Spokane Symphony (WA), he will be stepping down from his post as Stamford Symphony’s (CT) Music Director at the end of next season. Previously, he held the positions of Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony (2001-2004), Resident Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra (1997-2004) and of the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra (1999-2004). In Europe, he served as Music Director of the Orchestre International de Paris (1993-1995).
A native of Germany, Maestro 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.
Maestro Preu will serve as Long Beach Symphony’s Music Director Designate during the 2016-2017 season, conducting the Symphony Concerts for Young People on February 1 and 2 as well as the Classical concert on February 4 featuring Berlioz’s magnificent Symphonie fantastique and including Saint-Saëns’ Danse macabre, Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun, and Dukas’ classic The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
Commencing in the 2017-2018 season as our full-time Music Director, Maestro Preu will program and conduct all six Classical series concerts, all Youth Concerts and one POPS! concert annually.
We look forward to welcoming Eckart Preu into our Long Beach family, along with his wife, Neeley, and two daughters, Sophia (age 8) and Victoria (age 5). Learn more. Watch the video of the announcement here on our Facebook page