The German organist and church musician, Ernst-Erich Stender, passed in 1972 the major church examination - the "A-Examen" at the Musikhochschule Lübeck.
In 1973 Ernst-Erich Stender was chosen to become organist at Marienkirche in Lübeck as successor of Walter Kraft. He is also director of church music of the Nordelbische Kirche and Professor at the Musikhochschule Lübeck. By the dividing his responsibility at Marienkirche between organist and choir singing as Kantor (at present: Michael D. Müller, director of the Lübecker Knabenkantorei), he can give full attention to the organ playing. In this church with its two important organs he gives every year gives 30 to 40 concerts with respectably different programs. His repertoire encompasses all the significant works of organ music from its beginning to the present. He preserves the tradition of the Lübeck's musical tradition by playing works of Walter Kraft, Franz Tunder and Dietrich Buxtehude in series of organ concerts in July and August. Extensive concretising has led him in recent years far beyond the borders of Germany to Holland, France, Scandinavia, Switzerland, Turkey, the USA and Japan.
Ernst-Erich Stender has made numerous recordings, among which the complete organ works of the Marienkirche organist Dietrich Buxtehude, and is distinguished particularly for his recordings of the classical symphonies for organ.