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Karl-Heinz Steffens relinquished his post as Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic and his international solo career in 2007 to devote himself to conducting and to take up his position as General Music Director of the Staatskapelle and Opera Halle. At the start of the 2009/10 season, he took up a further appointment as Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Ludwigshafen.

Meanwhile Karl-Heinz Steffens appears throughout Germany with orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Hamburg Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig and Stuttgart. This season Karl-Heinz Steffens made his debut in Japan with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and has guest appearances with the Bayerisches Staatsorchester München, the Bern Symphony, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo; he returned for the third consecutive season to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include concerts with the Danish National Radio Symphony, the Hallé Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. Additionally, 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, leading to regular annual appearances there with performances of Tosca, La Traviata and this season The Bartered Bride.

In January 2012 he made his debut at La Scala Milan conducting Don Giovanni. In autumn this year he will also conduct the Milan production at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In July 2014 Karl-Heinz Steffens will return to La Scala Milan with Cosi fan tutte. With the Staatskapelle Halle and the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Steffens has invited the German director Hansgünther Heyme to stage a new Wagner Ring. The project culminated in spring 2013 with performances of the complete cycle in both Halle and Ludwigshafen.

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