Ralf Weikert was born in St. Florian (Austria) and received his first musical training at the Bruckner-Konservatorium in Linz. He completed his studies at the University for Music in Vienna under the famous Prof. Hans Swarowsky.
In 1965 Weikert won the First Prize at the "Nicolai Malko Competition" in Copenhagen. One year later he was granted the "Mozart Interpretation Prize" by the Austrian Minister of Culture. In 1975 the "Karl Böhm Award" was presented to him from the great conductor himself.
Until 1977 Maestro Weikert was Music Director of the opera house of Bonn. He was then appointed executive General Music Director at the Frankfurt opera, and in 1981 he became Principal Conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra and the Landestheater in Salzburg.
In 1974 Ralf Weikert made his debut at the Vienna State Opera and in 1975 at the Hamburg State Opera. His first appearance at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1979 was followed by performances at the Bavarian State Opera Munich from 1981, the Metropolitan Opera New York from 1987 and the San Francisco Opera 1997.
Since 1971 Maestro Weikert has been a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival, the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the Bregenz Festival and since 1987 the Arena di Verona.
He has conducted opera and concert in all important music centres of Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands, Greece, Scandinavia, USA and Japan. Numerous LP and CD recordings of the opera and concert reperortoire as well as radio and TV productions in Europe and in the USA took place under his baton.
From 1983 until 1992 Ralf Weikert was Music Director of the Zurich Opera. Since then he works as a freelance conductor in opera with regular guest contracts at numerous opera houses and distinguished orchestras in Europe, America and Japan.
During the season 2003/2004 Ralf Weikert will conduct performances at the Vienna and Hamburg State Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Finnish National Opera Helsinki as well as concerts in Vienna, Hamburg, Zurich, Milan, Verona, Dortmund and Valencia.
During the season 2004-2006 he conducted I vespri Siciliani at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, la Cenerentola in Dresda and Aida in Amburgo.
Subsequently he came back to Helsinki with Il Ratto dal serraglio, Salome and Arabella; Il Flauto magico, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Maria Stuarda in Zurich; L’Italiana in Algeri in Dresda.
He conducted also Manon by Massenet at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Siviglia, L’Olandese volante at the Wagner Festival in Wels and Carmen in Amburgo.
He conducted several video and audio recordings in Europe and in the United States; some of his CD and DVD received some Music Awards such as Echo Classic 2005.
During the season 2006/08 he conducted Idomeneo in Berlin, Nabucco in Amburgo, Lucia di Lammermoor and Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Zurigo Ariadne auf Naxos in Tokyo and some concerts in Wien Salisburgo, Basilea, Praga, Hannover, Monaco di Baviera, Zagabria, Ljubljana, Helsinki, Amsterdam etc.