Karl-Heinz Steffens

Photo: Frank Vinken

Photo: Frank Vinken

Representation: Australasia, Scandinavia, UK and Ireland

Music Director: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Karl-Heinz Steffens relinquished his post as Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic and his international solo career in 2007 to devote himself to conducting. Although critics mourned the loss of such a significant instrumentalist, Karl-Heinz Steffens’ conducting career has developed at a remarkable speed and at the start of the 2009/10 season he took up his appointment as Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Ludwigshafen.

This season includes Steffens’ debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as re-invitations to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic and the Hallé Orchestra amongst others. Meanwhile he appears throughout Germany with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester München, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Stuttgart; other guest appearances have included the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra.

Karl-Heinz Steffens is also a prolific operatic conductor. He made his debut in 2008 at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden with performances of Fidelio, which led to regular annual appearances there with performances of Tosca, La Traviata and The Bartered Bride. In January 2012 he made his debut at La Scala Milan conducting Don Giovanni and the following autumn he conducted this production at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow; in May 2013 he was invited back to Milan to conduct the opening night and subsequent performances of Götterdämmerung and in June 2014 returns for a production of Cosi fan tutte.

Last season saw the conclusion of Steffens’ critically acclaimed Ring Cycle with the Staatskapelle Halle and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in both Halle and Ludwigshafen.

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