Matthias Beckert is a professor of choral conducting at the Karlsruhe University of Music. He was previously professor of orchestral conducting at the University of Music Detmold and professor of choral conducting at the University of Music Würzburg. He has also worked at the University of Music Hannover and as a guest professor at the Krakow University of Music.
As conductor, he leads ensembles such as the prize-winning Cantabile Regensburg vocal ensemble and the Monteverdi-Choir Würzburg. He is also a guest conductor of radio choirs and conducts renowned orchestras such as the Hofer Symphoniker, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha, the Thuringer Symphoniker Saalfeld-Rudolstadt, the Vogtland Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as early music ensembles such as the Concert Royal Cologne, the Würzburger Hofmusik and the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin.
Beckert has conducted numerous premieres in close collaboration with composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfram Buchenberg, Zsolt Gárdonyi, Heinz Werner Zimmermann, Graham Lack, Michael Ostrzyga, Alwin M.Schronen, Martin Sturm, Josef Lammerz, Toshio Hosokawa and Wilfried Hiller.
He has been honored multiple times at the Bavarian Choir Competition and the German National Choir Competition. Beckert has been distinguished with the Cultural Medal of the City of Würzburg, as well as the Orlando-di-Lasso-Medal from the Bavarian Vocal Society, an award for choir directors from the German Music Council and an award of the Bücher-Dieckmeyer Trust. At the 2nd International Choral Competition of Budapest je won with Cantabile Regensburg and was awarded the prize for best conducting.
Furthermore he has served as a jury member at national and international choir competitions.
He has appeared as a conductor in performances worldwide, including in France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Hungary and Japan. Numerous radio, television and CD recordings with labels such as CPO, Helbling, Musicaphon, Spektral, TYXart and Carus document his work.