Photo: Stefan Wildhirt

Congratulations to conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens who has been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz as a recognition for his commitment and service to music in Germany. In particular, the award recognises his extensive work as Artistic Director of the Friedberger Musiksommer, of which he was a co-founder, as well as his achievements as both a conductor and clarinettist. The award was presented by the State Secretary for Culture of the State of Berlin, Dr Torsten Wöhlert, who described this as an appreciation of his artistic achievements.