3) Paul Steegmans
Paul Steegmans was born on July 3, 1957, in Hasselt, Belgium, where he still lives to this day. In 1980 he was awarded diploma 'Laureate in piano and music education' and in 1985 he received the coveted first fugue prize. Since 1981 he has striven to achieve perfection under the tutelage of J. De Tiège and J. Franssen in the Netherlands. He started as a soloist, accompanist and improviser throughout Europe, such as Germany, Sweden and England but also in Israel and Cuba.
Paul Steegmans' piano, organ and guitar works and also his chamber music have been commended in the highest orders of merit. He became a laureate of the composition contest 'Baron Flor Peeters', Cantabile (twice), and received the 'Albert de Vleeschouwer' prize. He finished his composition studies under W. Kersters with a first prize composition.
Paul Steegmans' compositions were performed in Japan, Taiwan, Finland, Lithuania, Costa Rica and even in Cuba. In this country he gave a concert and he performed his own works together with the national choir.
Since 1980 Paul Steegmans has been passing on his skills teaching piano and accompaniment at the school of music in Genk, and also as a guest teacher of 'practical harmony' at the Lemmens Institute in Louvain.