Ender Sakpınar was born in Ankara in 1956. He studied composition with Prof. Ercivan Saydam at the Ankara State Conservatory, and harmony, counterpoint and fugue at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. In 1982, with a scholarship from the French Government, he studied conducting at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. After his graduation, he won the “Vermeil” medal for his conducting works at Rueil Malmaison State Conservatory in Paris. He has attended many workshops in Italy and France, and had opportunities to work with famous conductors including Dervaux, Ferrara and Giullini.
Ender Sakpınar served as an assistant in the Pasdeloup Symphony Orchestra in Paris. With the support of the French Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he founded the Ensemble International de Paris Orchestra and has recorded for the radio and the French television. He has participated as a guest in many international festivals in France, Italy, Switzerland, Malta and Turkey and has conducted the opening concert in the Omaggio a Venezia Festival in Venice, broadcast live via the Rai 3 TV for the world.
In 1987, Ender Sakpınar returned to Turkey and was appointed conductor with the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra. Since 1991, he has been guest conductor with the Stockholm Opera Orchestra and has served as general music director with the Modern Women Chamber Orchestra. He founded the Aegean Symphony Orchestra in Izmir in 1996, and the Enka Sinfonietta Ensemble in 1999. Currently, he serves as artistic director with the Eskişehir Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.