A native of Belgium, Steinway Artist Steven Vanhauwaert made his official U.S. solo debut with a recital for the Jacaranda series. Vanhauwaert’s performance was hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique.” Since then, Vanhauwaert has appeared in solo recitals at the world’s leading venues such as the National Center for the Performing Arts (Beijing), the Concertgebouw (Brugge), the Shangai Oriental Arts Center, the Grand City Theatre(Shanghai), the Jerusalem Music Center, Segerstrom Hall (Costa Mesa), Bovard Auditorium (Los Angeles), the Great Hall at the Liszt Conservatory (Budapest), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles). He has appeared with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, the Flemish Symphony, the Oak Ridge Symphony, the USC Symphony, the Bryan Symphony, the Kiev Kamerata, the Lviv Philharmonic, the Sofia Sinfonietta, Collegium Instrumentale, the Concord Jazz Ensemble, the Auburn Symphony, the Dana point Symphony, the Eastern Sierra Chamber Orchestra, the San Bernardino Symphony, the Peninsula Symphony, and Prima la Musica, amongst others.
His discography includes a solo album with works by Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Chopin, and Debussy, two 4hand-discs featuring arrangements of Stravinsky’s popular ballets “Petrushka” and the “Le Sacre du Printemps”, as well as works by Satie, Ravel, Poulenc and Casella (with his 4handsLA partner Danny Holt), and a disc with works by LA-based composer Lior Rosner for Bridge Records. Along with violinist Guillaume Sutre and harpist Kyunghee Kim-Sutre, he recorded a disc on Sonarti Records with works by Joseph Woelfl, which was unanimously praised in the press and received the prestigious “5 diapasons” in the French magazine Diapason. The album, Pensées Intimes for Editions Hortus, featuring works by Hans Pfitzner, Lili Boulanger, Georges Antoine, and the world premiere recording of the Gallipoli Sonata by the Australian composer F.S. Kelly, along with violinist Guillaume Sutre, received great acclaim from On-Mag, and Crescendo Magazine, and also received “5 diapasons” in Diapason. A solo disc, Dispersion, with works by works by Schulhoff, Casella, Hindemith, Vierne, and a world premiere recording of the piano sonata by Belgian composer Raymond Moulaert was released on Editions Hortus in April 2016. Additionally, a new album with Saint-Saens’ Trois Mazurkas, Etude en Forme de Valse, as well as the first violin sonata, will be released on Sonarti Records in 2017.
Many of Mr. Vanhauwaert’s performances have been broadcast live on networks such as K-MZT, K-USC, K-PFK, W-FMT, RTBF, WTV, PBS, Radio4, and KLARA. He will also be featured in a documentary on creativity for the German/French channel ARTE. He is frequently invited to give guest lecture recitals and masterclasses at universities all over the world. He is co-director of the Unbound Chamber Music Festival in Mammoth Lakes, a 3-week long summer festival featuring guest artists from around the world.