Photo: Michael Bode

Karl-Heinz Steffens steps in at the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig this week for concerts at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Theater Erfurt.

Standing in for Markus Poschner, Steffens conducts Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 alongside Nassidse’s Chamber Symphony No. 3, whilst violist Antoine Tamestit joins the orchestra for Schnittke’s Monologue for Viola and Strings.  Bruckner is core to Steffens’ repertoire – he is currently engaged in an exploration of the complete symphonies with his own orchestra, Die Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.

The concert in Leipzig will be broadcast on the evening of Sunday 7 May on MDR Leipzig.

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Following this, Karl-Heinz Steffens makes a return visit to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In a programme entitled Knights and Nobility Steffens conducts Wagner’s Parsifal: Prelude to Act I introducing the grandiose world of Elgar’s First Symphony and Schumann’s Piano Concerto played by Yulianna Avdeeva. Knights and Nobility can be heard at the Lighthouse in Poole, the Colston Hall Bristol and at GLive Guildford.