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 flourishing solo career in 2007 to devote himself to conducting. Although critics mourned the loss of such a significant instrumentalist, major international orchestras have welcomed him to the podium. 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 Steffens makes debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Opera Orchestra; he is re-invited to conduct the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestras. He also tours with the German Bundesjugendorchester to Berlin, Köln and the Baltic capitals of Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. Meanwhile he appears throughout Germany with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester München, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Hamburg Philharmonic, and the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Köln, Leipzig and Stuttgart; other guest appearances have included the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony 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, LaTraviata and TheBarteredBride. In January 2012 he made his debut at La Scala Milan conducting DonGiovanni 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 he returned for a production of Cosifantutte.

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