Aleix Palau | 13 November 2018

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.‎