|Paul Steenhuisen (born Vancouver,1965) is a composer of art music for acoustic and electroacoustic media. He also writes articles on contemporary music topics. In addition to earning his doctoral degree in composition from UBC under the direction of Keith Hamel, he studied with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory of Music in the Hague, privately with Michael Finnissy in London, England, and with Tristan Murail at IRCAM (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris). Between 1998 and 2000, Paul Steenhuisen was composer in residence with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and from 2003 to 2007, taught Composition at the University of Alberta.
Laureate of many national and international composition competitions, including 4 awards in the CBC Young Composers competition, 7 awards in the PROCAN/SOCAN competition, 1st prize in the Vancouver New Music competition, and as finalist in the Gaudeamus Competition (Netherlands), Dr. Steenhuisen was also awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal as the outstanding student in all faculties at UBC. His piece Wonder was ranked third at the 44th Tribunes Internationale des Compositeurs at UNESCO in Paris, and subsequently broadcast worldwide. He has been commissioned and performed by outstanding musicians such as the SMCQ, Austrian Radio Philharmonic, Klangforum Wien, MusikProtokoll, Irvine Arditti, Lori Freedman, Vancouver New Music, The Hilliard Ensemble, Esprit Orchestra, Soundstreams Canada, Margaret Lancaster, the Bonk Festival, and the Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Winnipeg Symphonies. Conductors of his work have included Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sylvain Cambreling, Roberto Abaddo, Arturo Tamayo, Bramwell Tovey, Robert Aitken, Owen Underhill, and Alex Pauk.