Eckart Manke is in continuous collaboration with the orchestras of the State Opera House of Sczcecin, Poland, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie of Herford, Germany and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie of Konstanz, Germany. The chamber orchestra Ensemble Integral consisting of members of the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie has been under his guidance and baton since its foundation in 2006.
Since 2008 Eckart Manke has been conducting at the opera of Szczecin:
"Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven, "Der Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss, and "La Somnambula" by Vincenzo Bellini.
At the Opera of Chemnitz, Germany, Eckart Manke conducted "Nabucco" by Verdi during the season of 2012/2013.
Manke's profession brings him to many renowned orchestras and opera houses all through Germany and to a great number of European countries such as France, Great Britain, Denmark, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Spain. .
In the past he was asked to conduct at many places, for example the Symphonie Orchester Bern and the Kammerorchester Bern, Switzerland, the Deutscher Kammerchor Bremen, Germany, the State Opera in Bourgas, Bulgaria performing "Die Walküre" by Wagner, the Gdansk State Opera, Poland staging "Rosenkavalier" by Richard Strauss and the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany, giving "Madama Butterfly" by Puccini. Further he was conducting various concerts at Strasbourg, Vevey, Aalborg, Luxembourg, Zaragoza, Alicante, Leon and Bordeaux.
The Bulgarian premiere of Wagner's "Die Walküre" found a country-wide interest and acceptance thanks to a TV transmission.
Eckart Manke began his career as a conductor in Germany at the Frankfurt Festival, the München Biennale and the Theater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen.
In 1989, after finishing his studies he started conducting at Osnabrück at the Städtische Bühnen as first kapellmeister. In 1996 he changed to the position as principal conductor at the Stadttheater Bern where he worked until 2001.
Maestro Manke has a wide repertory ranging from Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Strauss to Henze.
E. Manke studied both at the music academies of Mannheim and Frankfurt/Main graduating 1989 in orchestra conducting.
Among his professors were Donald Runnicles, Jiri Starek, Bernhard Kontarski, and Hans Zender as teacher of modern music.
Already as a university student Eckart Manke worked for several years at the Bayreuth Festival. Later he took part in workshops for conducting offered by the Deutscher Musikrat and could absorb essential impulses by Sergiu Celibidache and Claudio Abbado.
Maestro Manke teaches conducting at the Musikhochschule Trossingen in the Black Forest and lives in Konstanz, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.