Born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Maestro Stieghorst studied piano and composition at the Karlsruhe Music Academy. After engagements at the theaters of Kiel, Karlsruhe, and Berlin, he was 2nd Kapellmeister at the Graz Opera (2001-2004) and 1st Kapellmeister and deputy to the GMD at the Osnabruck Opera (2004-2009). He first conducted the AIMS Festival Orchestra in 2003. He also has been an assistant at the Salzburg Festival, Baden-Baden Festival, Baden-Baden Musiksommer, Berliner Festwochen, the Hugo-Wolf Academy, and the Bayreuth Festival (2012). Besides his permanent assistant to Philippe Jordan at Opéra de Paris, he has worked with conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Evelino Pido, Alain Altinoglou, Carlo Rizzi, Semyon Bychkov, Peter Schneider, and Adam Fischer.
In 2012, he conducted the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia, the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Symphonique d’Orléans and recently debuted at the Opéra de Bastille, conducting Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro. This season he conducted a reduced Wagner’s “Ring” (Siegfried et l’anneau maudit) and the Tricentenaire de l’Ecole française de danse at the Palais Garnier and Versailles with the principal dancers of the Paris Opera. He has returned to the Hamburg Symphony and the Orchestre symphonique d’Orléans and has started his collaboration with the Orchestre de Jeunes du Centre, the Opéra de Montpellier (Don Giovanni live on ARTE) and the Opéra de Bastille for a revival of Die Entführung aus dem Serail.