Cami loses another conductor

The German Karl-Heinz Steffens has quit the mega-agency and joined the British boutique, HazardChase.

Steffens, 55, principal clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic until ten years ago, is music director of Norwegian Opera and Ballet. He quit last month as chief conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in order to make way for a growing list of engagements.

Cami is not doing well.

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  • It is the difficulty of big music agencies: they have large overhead, big staff, big pressures to bring-in money to keep the organisation running, a bit like the big record labels. I know of at least a couple of people working at IMG who do a really excellent job, in spite of all this. It is like a music conservatory: the institution as such may get into difficulties but if a student has the luck to study with an excellent teacher, he/she gets what he/she needs, and that is the most important thing.

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