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Hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan," Liam Teague currently serves as Co-Director of the NIU Steelband and Assistant Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University, the same institution where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music. He has distinguished himself as the recipient of many awards in his homeland Trinidad and Tobago, including championships for his ability on 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 Artists 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, Chicago. Many subsequent appearances with 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 Czech National Symphony, Panama National Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Sinfonia Da Camera, Rockford Symphony, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, North Shore Concert Band, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band.
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