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Steffens performs Copland and Mahler in a double-role performance

This Friday and Saturday (9 & 10 December) with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Karl-Heinz Steffens picks up his clarinet for Copland’s Clarinet Concerto before he draws breath to conduct Mahler 5. Prior to his conducting career, Steffens was a highly respected solo clarinettist who also held several orchestral positions culminating in the successive posts ofRead more ›

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Karl-Heinz Steffens steps in at Stuttgarter Philharmoniker

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Bravo to Karl-Heinz Steffens who stepped in for Howard Griffiths last week to conduct the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker. Joined by Burcu Karadağ (ney), Hakan Güngör (kanun) and Aykut Köselerli (percussion), Steffens conducted Fazil Say’s Istanbul Symphony; the programme also included Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with soloist Claire Huangci and opened with Weber Overture toRead more ›

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Karl-Heinz Steffens: Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang in Prague

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Karl-Heinz Steffens is at the Prague State Opera on Sunday 20th March conducting the premiere of Franz Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, the mysterious and passionate work that propelled Schreker to fame, in a new production by Timofey Kulyabin. This continues Steffens’ exploration of Musica non Grata, the series he initiated which is dedicated to “unwelcomeRead more ›

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Karl-Heinz Steffens in Stockholm with Norrköping Symphony Orchestra

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Karl-Heinz Steffens takes the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra to Stockholm’s Konserthuset this Saturday. Featuring soprano Siobhan Stagg, the French programme includes Rapsodie Espagnole, one of Ravel’s first major orchestral works, and Impressionist masterpieces, Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Debussy’s La Mer, as well as Brett Dean’s orchestration of Debussy’s Ariettes Oubliées. More about the programme

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Karl-Heinz Steffens conducts Der fliegende Holländer in Prague

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The Czech State Opera’s new production of Wagner’s stormy and romantic Der fliegende Holländer premieres today under the baton of Music Director Karl-Heinz Steffens and is followed by a run of nine performances. This production by Norwegian theatre director and designer Ole Anders Tandberg features a fine cast including Joachim Goltz as The Dutchman and ElisabethRead more ›

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Karl-Heinz Steffens in Berlin

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This weekend Karl-Heinz Steffens takes up both his clarinet and basset horn to participate in the Mendelssohn Festival at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal, a two-day celebration of the composer curated by Elena Bashkirova which also features an arrangement of his songs by Aribert Reimann as well as works by his sister Fanny Hensel and Mozart.Read more ›

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Steffens’ Zemlinsky 150 Festival in Prague

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Karl-Heinz Steffens embarks upon a weekend of performances in Prague to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Alexander Zemlinsky’s birth; these concerts form part of the Musica Non Grata series that he has initiated in his post of Music Director at the Prague State Opera.   In addition to well-known works such as the Lyric Symphony,Read more ›

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Karl-Heinz Steffens season opening in Norrkӧping

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This week Karl-Heinz Steffens embarks upon his 2nd season as Music Director of the Norrkӧping Symphony Orchestra. The concerts include Sibelius’ atmospheric Oceanides and Symphony no.2; to complete the programme, the American violinist Esther Yoo joins them to perform Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto. Details HERE.  

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Steffens steps in at Antwerp Symphony

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This week Karl-Heinz Steffens steps in for Edo de Waart with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in a programme comprising Richard Strauss’ Wind Serenade and Metamorphosen and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll.  The concert is being recorded on Friday 12th March for streaming on Antwerp Symphony Orchestra platforms as well as for television broadcasting on the TV channelRead more ›

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Steffens’ takes up Principal Conductor post in Norrköping

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Karl-Heinz Steffens is thrilled to be in Norrköping for his first concerts as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. They celebrate the opening of the season with two seminal Beethoven symphonies, nos. 3 & 5, and are joined by internationally renowned Swedish baritone Peter Mattei singing Mahler Kindertotenlieder on 5th September,Read more ›

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