Alexander Steinbeis Managing Director
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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Alexander Steinbeis assumed the position of Managing Director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin at the beginning of the 2007|08 season. He had already been engaged as Director of Artistic Planning in March 2006 by Ingo Metzmacher, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the DSO from 2007 to 2010. In August 2010, Steinbeis’s existing contract was extended to the end of the 2015|16 season.
Since taking up his post, Alexander Steinbeis has, in collaboration with Ingo Metzmacher, raised and consistently developed the orchestra’s unique profile through innovative programming concepts. For the first time, the season’s programmes have been formulated with an overarching thematic emphasis. As the 2010|11 season’s central focus, Steinbeis is introducing a concert series entitled ›Nachtgestalten‹ on the theme of ›Night Shapes‹. Through projects at new and unusual venues, such as Berlin’s Tacheles Gallery and Villa Elisabeth in the city’s Mitte district, and the introduction of the Casual Concerts format with Ingo Metzmacher, Steinbeis has underlined the orchestra’s openness and its goal of attracting new segments of listeners. And through the chamber concert series ›Notturno‹, which the DSO is presenting in 2010|11 in cooperation with the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, he is promoting long-term partnerships and networking with Berlin’s other cultural institutions.
Along with programme planning and artistic guidance, Alexander Steinbeis as the orchestra’s Managing Director is responsible for engaging guest conductors and soloists as well as planning the orchestra’s tours. Thus in the concert year of 2009, the orchestra is able not only to look back on a successful Asian trip to Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur as well as a tour of European festivals including the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Edinburgh International Festival, but also, among other guest appearances during the 2009|10 season, to the opening of the Salzburg Festival with the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s opera ›Dionysos‹, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and a concert at the legendary BBC Proms in London. For the coming years, the plans include further tours within Europe and to Japan.
Among the guest conductors regularly engaged by Alexander Steinbeis are such established podium figures as Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington and Georges Prêtre and such outstanding representatives of the younger generation as Philippe Jordan, Yannick Nézet-Séguin und Tugan Sokhiev. Steinbeis played a key role in securing Tugan Sokhiev as the DSO’s seventh principal conductor, initially for a period of four years, beginning with the 2012|13 season. In the orchestra’s 2009 concert year he oversaw an average attendance figure of 84% for a total of 51 symphony concerts in Berlin, the DSO’s best result in recent years.
Born in Munich in 1974, Alexander Steinbeis grew up in Germany and the UK. After studying management and arts administration in London, Paris, Oxford and Berlin, he acquired his first experience in concert organization at the Paris Opéra and the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden as well as with concert agencies in France and Germany. In 1999 he was engaged by Seiji Ozawa as Assistant Artistic Administrator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he remained until 2005. His responsibilities in Boston included concert planning and artistic administration for the orchestra’s concerts at Symphony Hall and the Tanglewood Festival. In this capacity he developed a close working relationship with Ozawa and, later, with James Levine. During this time he was also responsible for a series of musicological symposia in collaboration with Harvard University.