Manager: Daniel Evans
Management Territory: Worldwide


Chief Conductor and Music Director -  Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz

Music Director – Norwegian Opera & Ballet (from the 16/17 season)

The German conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens has rapidly distinguished himself as a conductor of magnificent quality since devoting himself full-time to his craft in 2007.  

At the start of the 2009/10 season he took up his appointment as Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Ludwigshafen, which has been an appointment of unqualified success and was most recently honoured with an ECHO award for “Best Orchestra” in 2015 in response to their recording of Zimmerman in the modern music festival of Steffens’ conception “Modern Times”. Undertaking huge surveys of repertoire with his orchestra,, he is currently engaged in a Bruckner cycle that takes him through the coming season.

Additionally, Steffens is in huge demand as a guest conductor. The past two seasons have seen his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic (Beethoven, Schubert and Zimmerman), Munich Philharmonic (Elgar), Vienna Symphony (Beethoven and Cesar Franck), Philharmonia (Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Mahler), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Danish Radio, Helsinki Philharmonia, and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. He has additionally visited the City of Birmingham Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, and Halle orchestras in the UK, the Bamberg Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, and the Radio Symphony orchestras of Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Stuttgart. 15/16 will see debuts in Torino and Lisbon, with the orchestra of Maggio Musicale in Florence, and returns to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Monte Carlo. His debut with the Philharmonia orchestra in two sensational late-hour substitutions has resulted in a deep connection that will see him conduct the orchestra regularly both in their London season and on tour abroad.

A masterful conductor of opera, Steffens returned to the Teatro alla Scala for 3 successive seasons in 2012/13/14 in Cosi Fan Tutte , Don Giovanni, and Gotterdamerung to great acclaim. 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 – he returned in January 2016 for Ariadne auf Naxos, and makes his Zurich opera debut in Cosi fan Tutte. The 14/15 season saw the conclusion of Steffens’ critically acclaimed Ring Cycle in Ludwigshafen with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz. From the 2016/17 season, Steffens will assume the position of Music Director of the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.

Prior to switching to his true vocation of conducting, Steffens was one of the world’s most highly regarded instrumentalists; serving as Principal Clarinet of both the Bavarian Radio Symphony and the Berlin Philharmonic, and maintaining an active solo career that saw him appear as soloist under the baton of Lorin Maazel. 

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Artist Website: www.karlheinzsteffens.com