Hometown: Dekalb, Illinois
Web site: http://liamteague.com/
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Hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” Liam Teague currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies and is an associate professor of Music at Northern Illinois University (NIU). Along with Clifford Alexis, he Co-directs the Northern Illinois University Steelband. He has distinguished himself as the recipient of many awards in his homeland Trinidad and Tobago, including championships for his ability of the steelpan, violin and recorder. In addition to being the Co-winner of the National Steelband Festival Solo Championship of Trinidad and Tobago, Teague won the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artist Competition in 1998. Under the baton of Dr. Paul Freeman, Teague with the Chicago Sinfonietta gave the world premiere of Illinois composer Jan Bach’s “Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra” in 1995 at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Many subsequent appearances with the Chicago Sinfonietta have followed and among the most noteworthy was his 2001 performance at Kennedy Center. He has also performed with many ensembles including the Taiwan National Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Panama National Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, TCL Group Skiffle Bunch and the BP Renegades Steelband.
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