Karl-Heinz Steffens

Karl-Heinz Steffens

CONDUCTOR
Music Director: Prague State Opera
Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Designate: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra

Representation: General Management

Photo: Susanne Diesner

Overview

Music Director of Prague State Opera and newly appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Designate at the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, German conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens is recognised as a conductor of great distinction in both the operatic and symphonic worlds. As well as his guest engagements with ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the Toronto Symphony, Steffens takes particular pleasure in undertaking substantial surveys of repertoire, for example a Brahms cycle with the Philharmonia in London. Elsewhere in the opera house, he is regularly invited to the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

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Full Biography

Music Director of Prague State Opera and newly appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Designate at the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, German conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens is recognised as a conductor of great distinction in both the operatic and symphonic worlds.

In great demand as a guest conductor, recent seasons have seen him work with ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestras and frequently with the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig and Stuttgart. This season he continues his relationship with the Philharmonia in London following his Brahms cycle with them and returns to the Orchestre National de Lyon and Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. Last season he made an acclaimed North American debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

During his time as Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, the orchestra was honoured with many accolades; they received the ECHO award for Best Orchestra in 2015 for their recording of works by B.A. Zimmermann and in 2016/17 were nominated prizewinners of the Best Concert Programme of the Season by the Deutsche Musikverlegerverband, the German Music Publishers’ Association.  Most recently their recording of works by George Antheil, an addition to the Modern Times series, was designated Concert Recording of the Year by the new Opus Klassik awards.

Previously in the opera house, Steffens gave the Norwegian premiere of Pelléas and Mélisande at the Norwegian National Opera where he has also conducted Così fan tutte, Fidelio and Calixto Bieito’s production of Tosca. Following his tenure as General Music Director at Halle Opera and Staatskapelle, he has appeared several times at the Teatro alla Scala leading performances of Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and Götterdämmerung, and is regularly invited to the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Prior to his conducting career, Steffens was a highly respected solo clarinettist who also held several orchestral positions culminating in the successive posts of Principal Clarinet with the Bavarian Radio and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Steffens has recently been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz in Germany for his services to music.

Artist Website: www.karlheinzsteffens.com

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version. Email: Nickie Osborne

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News

Steffens’ New Appointment

October 3rd, 2019

Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor: Norrköping Symphony Orchestra

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Friedberger Musiksommer

September 4th, 2019

Artistic Director Karl-Heinz Steffens celebrates festival’s 18th year

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Congratulations to Karl-Heinz

June 18th, 2019

Steffens awarded Cross of Merit in Germany

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Steffens’ North America Debut

June 4th, 2019

Karl-Heinz Steffens with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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Steffens in Norrköping & Dresden

April 26th, 2019

Brahms Symphony Cycle | Mozart, Haydn & Zimmermann

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Discography & Repertoire

Robert Fuchs: Symphonies 1 & 2

Steffens conducts the WDR Symphonieorchester Köln in Robert Fuchs’ first two symphonies.

CPO 2016

Overtures

Steffens and the Bamberger Symphoniker in Overtures by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Cherubini, Gluck, Mozart & Maria von Weber.

TUDOR 2016

Henri Dutilleux: Symphony No. 1 – Deux sonnets de Jean Cassou – Métaboles

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz directed by Karl-Heinz Steffens with Paul Armin Edelmann (baritone).

CAPRICCIO 2015

Artist Manager

Roderick Thomson (London)
roderick.thomson@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7636 5451

Imogen Morris (London)
imogen.morris@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7636 5448

Assistant Artist Manager

Nickie Osborne (London)
nickie.osborne@hazardchase.co.uk
020 7636 5450