Born in Hamburg in 1948, Eberhard Kloke began his career as a répètiteur and conductor in Mainz, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf and Lübeck, before he was appointed General Music Director in Ulm in 1980. He took on the same position in Freiburg/Breisgau in 1983.
Kloke was General Music Director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1994, also leading the Nuremberg Opera and the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra from 1993 to 1998. He was awarded the German Critics’ Prize in 1990.
Kloke’s artistic work centres above all on modern music and realising new conceptual approaches to music; in Freiburg, Bochum and Nuremberg he organised and conducted large-scale cycles of contemporary music programmes (the works performed including Götterdämmerung_Maßstab und Gemessenes, Jakobsleiter, Ein deutscher Traum, Aufbrechen America, Prometheus, Jenseits des Klanges). He has been living in Berlin since 1998, working as a freelance conductor, project initiator and composer.
In 2003 he extended his scope to include audio and other compositional challenges, especially his transcribing/arranging work involving music by Wagner (Der Ring des Nibelungen, Parsifal Entfernung), Bach, Mahler, Schönberg, Bartók, Weill – and Berg, as well (Wozzeck, Der Wein, Lulu – the latter opera entirely reset for soloists and chamber orchestra, plus a new version of Act III).