Karl-Heinz Steffens is a German clarinetist and conductor, born in 1961 in Trier (Germany).Steffens studied clarinet at the Stuttgart Academy of Music under Ulf Rodenhäuser. He has played with the State Theatre in Kassel, the Frankfurt Opera and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was the solo clarinetist with the Berlin Philharmonic from 2001 to 2007. He taught at the Hannover Academy of Music and Theatre from 1996 to 1999. He became Professor of Clarinet at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin in 2003. He is the conductor and music director of the German Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate.