Born in New York, Tamas Detrich is a graduate of the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. In 1977 he joined the Stuttgart Ballet where he was promoted to soloist in 1980 and to principal dancer in 1981. During his 25 years with the company he danced leading roles in all the major works of John Cranko as well as in works by John Neumeier, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Glen Tetley, George Balanchine, Maurice Béjart, Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, and Uwe Scholz. The following choreographers created roles for him: Jiří Kylián, Uwe Scholz, Maurice Béjart, Marcia Haydée and David Bintley.
In 2001, Tamas Detrich became a Ballet Master of the Stuttgart Ballet; in 2009 he was appointed Associate Artistic Director of the Stuttgart Ballet. Tamas Detrich has taught, staged and revived John Cranko’s ballets for the Stuttgart Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Vienna State Opera Ballet as well as in Budapest and Stockholm. He has also staged the works of John Neumeier, Marcia Haydée and Kenneth MacMillan for the Stuttgart Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Flanders, the Hamburg Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo, the Ballet de Santiago de Chile and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
In July 2015, the Board of Directors of the State Theater Stuttgart voted unanimously to appoint Tamas Detrich Artistic Director of the Stuttgart Ballet as of September 2018.
To this day, the Stuttgart Ballet tours consistently worldwide. The breath-taking level of technical skill and the stylistically broad repertoire of the Stuttgart Ballet not only attracts audiences, but also dance talent from all over the world: more than 23 nationalities are represented in the company.