© Ross Cohen
In September 1985, following the BBC European Conductor’s seminar, he was invited to a serve as guest conductor with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Between 1986 and 1990 he was conductor and music director to the Bach Choir in Nijmegen and since 1997, the same year as his Proms debut, he has been chief conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra. In August 2002 he was appointed Music Director of the Deutsches National Theater Weimar and chief conductor of the Staatskapelle. In the same year, he was appointed chief conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland.
In August 2005 he returned to the Proms as Principle Guest conductor to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Steen has worked with various other UK orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Opera North. In August 2007, he was appointed General Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Theatre Dortmund.
Steen teaches conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. In addition to this, he frequently works with young musicians in music schools throughout Europe. During the summer of 2011, he participated in the European Community Youth Orchestra’s Summer Tour, conducting concerts in Austria and in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.