Born in Bucharest in 1959, the conductor Horst-Hans Bäcker took his first piano lessons at the age of five with Tamas Vesmas. Bäcker continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he studied composition with Professor Gyula Horvath, ensemble direction with Professor Prestel and performance practice of old music with Professor Nikolas Harnoncourt from 1983–86. In 1984 Bäcker founded the Salzburg Vocal Ensemble and directed the chamber choir until his departure from Salzburg.
In 1996 Horst-Hans Bäcker founded a symphony orchestra, out of which the International Philharmonic Orchestra was founded two years later and for which he was appointed chief conductor at the same time. He has been a regular guest conductor for the Arad Philharmonic, Banatul Philharmonic Orchestra in Temeswar, Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra in lasi and Oradea, Hermannstadt and Craiova Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, the Northern Hungarian Symphony Orchestra in Hungary and for the choir and orchestra of Camerata Antiqua d Curitiba. He now lives in the Philippines.