Karl-Heinz Steffens will stand in for Pinchas Steinberg to conduct Mahler’s “Tragic” Symphony
A prestigious career in the field of opera and symphonic music have made maestro Steffens one of the most acclaimed and versatile conductors on the international scene.
The conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens will conduct the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra performing Gustav Mahler’s “Tragic” Symphony, No. 6 in A minor, in place of Pinchas Steinberg, who will not be taking part in this production in Barcelona for reasons beyond the control of L'Auditori.
The tenth programme of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra season will take place in Hall 1, the Pau Casals Hall, of L’Auditori on 18, 19 and 20 January. Mahler’s “Tragic” Symphony is one of the most impressive symphonic landmarks of all time. It is a gigantic, intense and dramatic work which will find in maestro Steffens one of its best possible collaborators of the contemporary scene.
About Karl-Heinz Steffens
Karl-Heinz Steffens is the musical director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and stands out as a conductor in both the operatic and symphonic fields. Examples of this activity can be found in his recent commitments with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Lyon National Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. In addition, he frequently conducts the Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras.
This season he will be returning to the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Teatro Regio Philharmonic of Turin. He will then go on to visit Scandinavia with the Helsinki Philharmonic and will conduct the Brahms symphony cycle with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his debut with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, maestro Steffens will perform in North America for the first time with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. In the United Kingdom, Steffens will return to the Hallé, City of Birmingham and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, and will make his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, performing Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 at the official opening of the Lammermuir festival.
In 2015 the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, where he is the principal conductor, received the ECHO Award for the Best Orchestra for its recording of works by B. A. Zimmermann.
Regarding his facet as an opera conductor, Steffens is a regular at the Norwegian National Opera, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. He recently debuted at the Zurich Opera House.