Decker studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln Music, where in those years Jarnach Philip and Pope Eugene studied. His debut as a conductor, he was at the age of 22 years at the Cologne Opera. Four years later he was appointed conductor at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden and was then employed at the Wiesbaden Symphony Orchestra. He then moved to Bochum as General Music Director, where he worked from 1956 to 1964. After that he went to Rotterdam, where he conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra from 1962 to 1967. In 1967 he moved to the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, which he conducted until 1975. His career also led him in the 1980s, to Barcelona, where he led the symphony orchestra, and in the 1990s to New Zealand, where he conducted the Symphony Orchestra of New Zealand.
Rudolf Schulz- Dornburg (1919-1926) | Leopold Empire Wine (1926-1938) | Klaus Nessträter (1938-1944) | Hermann Meissner (1945-1956) | Franz- Paul Decker (1956-1964) | Yvon Baarspul (1964-1970 ) | Othmar Mága (1971-1982) | Gabriel Chmura (1982-1988) | Eberhard Kloke (1988-1994) | Steven Sloane (since 1994)
- Agencies of the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class
- Person (Cologne)
- Born in 1923