M.M., Northern Illinois University
Hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan," Liam Teague currently serves as Associate Professor of Steelpan and Co-director of the Steelband 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 St. 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 the Chicago Sinfonietta have followed and among the most noteworthy was his 2001 performance at Washington’s Kennedy Center.
He has also performed with many ensembles, including the Czech National Symphony, Panama National Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Sinfonia Da Camera, Rockford Symphony, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, North Shore Concert Band, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band.
Teague's commitment to demonstrating the great musical possibilities of the steelpan have taken him to Europe, Asia, North and Central America, and the Caribbean. Some of these performances include opening for the MC Hammer tour of Trinidad, stints at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Grenada Spice Jazz Festival, and the Trinidad and Tobago Pan Jazz Festival.
As a member of the NIU Steelband, he has played at the Seoul Drum Festival in South Korea and the 2000 edition of the World Steelband Festival in Trinidad. As a performer and clinician, Liam Teague has given presentations at several Percussive Arts Society International conventions and at numerous universities throughout the United States. At Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wisconsin, and California State University Summer Arts Camp he holds Artist-in-Residence positions. He has also given recitals and clinics at Interlochen Academy for the Performing Arts.
Teague regularly appears in concert with NIU colleague and multi-instrumentalist Robert Chappell, as well as with the band they co-founded "PANORAMIC!!!" In 2002, "PANORAMIC!!!" was invited to tour Taiwan as part of that country's commemoration of its National Concert Hall's 15th Anniversary
To date, Teague has recorded six compact discs: "Hands like Lightning" (1993), "Emotions of Steel" (1996), "Impressions" (1998), "T'nT" (2000) with Barbadian saxophonist Arturo Tappin, "For Lack of Better Words" (2002) with Robert Chappell, and "A Christmas Gift" (2002). Many of his compositions appear on these CDs, including "A Visit to Hell," "Raindrops," "Impressions," "The Honey Bee," and "Hands Like Lightning." Teague can also be heard on the soundtrack of the Merchant/Ivory production of "The Mystic Masseur" and also on the Albany Records release of "Paul Freeman Presents: Exotic Concertos." Teague received the distinction of being featured in the Chicago Tribune Magazine in a five-page spread written by Howard Reich entitled "Man of Steel" on June 27, 1999. The article was subsequently republished in the Miami Herald later that year.