Dr. Dirk Vogel and Alexander Steinbeis signing the contract
For more than 30 years, the Kissinger Sommer has been a beacon of culture for all of Bavaria. For Bad Kissingen, Bavarian State Spa, this festival is the top highlight in the top-class annual cultural program. After the contract with the previous artistic director Dr. Tilman Schlömp expires in 2021, an intensive search for a successor has been conducted in recent months. At the City Council meeting on February 10, 2021, the decision was made: Alexander Steinbeis will be the new artistic director of the Kissinger Sommer.
Mayor Dr. Dirk Vogel: "From the very beginning, my paradigm was: we need a candidate who enjoys the broadest possible inner-city acceptance. That's why a transparent and fair competition was important to me. We ensured this with the invitation to tender and the participation of the cultural environment of the Kissinger Sommer. At the end of this process, we as Bad Kissingen are now convinced that in Mr. Steinbeis we have found an artistic director with whom we all associate the highest chance of being able to advance the Kissinger Sommer economically, culturally and musically the furthest."
(Lord Mayor Dr. Dirk Vogel and Alexander Steinbeis at the signing of the contract. © Mario Selzer)
On March 10, 2021, the artistic director contract was signed by Lord Mayor Dr. Dirk Vogel and Alexander Steinbeis in Bad Kissingen's town hall. "I am extremely looking forward to my new task as artistic director of the Kissinger Sommer and thank you for your trust. The festival in Germany's best-known and arguably most beautiful spa town has long been an integral part of the national and international festival landscape with its world-class concert halls, performances by the most prominent artists and diverse concert formats. To be able to shape the future of the Kissinger Sommer is a great honor for me."
Alexander Steinbeis most recently led the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin (DSO) as director for 13 years. During this time, the Munich native worked closely with principal conductors Ingo Metzmacher, Tugan Sokhiev and Robin Ticciati, as well as honorary conductor Kent Nagano, and helped shape the DSO into one of Europe's most innovative and modern orchestras by developing new formats such as the Casual Concerts, Notturno and the Symphonic Mob. Previously, he served for seven years as associate director of artistic planning for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival, the premier classical music festival in the United States.