Julian Steckel studied with Gustav Rivinius, Boris Pergamenschikow, Heinrich Schiff and Antje Weithaas. During his carrier he won several prizes, for instance the ARD Music Competition in Munich, the Rostropovich Competition in Paris and the Intenational Pablo Casals Competition in Kronberg. In recent years Steckel worked together with well known orchestras and directors. In the Netherlands Steckel worked together with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist. 

Since 2011 Steckel teaches at the Rostock University. During the National Cello Competition Steckel will take part in the jury.