Hailed by the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique,” Steven is a frequent guest at concert halls across the United States, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia. Highlights include appearances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw, the National Center for the Performing
Arts in Beijing, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. He has collaborated with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, the Flemish Symphony, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Kyiv Kamerata, the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico, the Peninsula Symphony, and the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra.
Apart from an active concert calendar, Steven is also active as a recording artist; his recitals are frequently broadcast on PBS, CBS, K-USC, K-PFK, W-FMT, and ARTE. He has released over a dozen albums on the ECM, Sonarti, Editions Hortus, Parma Recordings, and Bridge labels. He is enthusiastic about the technique and art of recording and he is an avid collector of microphones, preamps, and converters.
Steven is a frequent guest at festivals such as the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, the Steamboat Springs Festival in Colorado, the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico Festival, the Montana Chamber Music Festival, the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, the High Desert Chamber Music Festival in Oregon, and the Ottawa Chamberfest. He serves as Artistic Director for the Second-Sundays-at-Two recital series in Rolling Hills, CA, and as co-director for the Chamber Music Unbound Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA.
Off the beaten path
A glance at Steven's discography reveals a keen interest in repertoire that is a little off the beaten path. In concert, he frequently champions works by lesser known composers such as Joseph Woelfl, Grazina Bacewicz, Erwin Schulhoff, Komitas, Erich Zeisl, Ferruccio Busoni, Jean Barraqué, and Joseph Boulogne to name a few. He is also a strong advocate for contemporary music and has premiered works by Magnus Lindberg, Eric Tanguy, and Veronika Krausas. He also frequently tours with works by György Kurtág, Thomas Adès, Sean Friar, and Tigran Mansurian.
Steven serves as Assistant Professor on the faculty at the University of Utah's School of Music. He is also frequently invited as guest faculty at the Chamber Music Unbound Festival, as well as the Festival of the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. He has also given masterclasses at institutions such as New York University at Abu Dhabi, the Colburn School, CalArts, the Jerusalem Music Center, the Université de Montréal, the University of California, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Connecticut.
Steven Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.