In the area of chamber music, he studied with Mischa Schneider (Budapest Quartet), Isadore Cohen, Menahem Pressler (Beaux Arts Trio) Michael Tree, and David Soyer (Guarneri String Quartet) to name only a few. He attended several international summer music festivals including Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara, CA), the Banff School of Fine Arts (Banff, Alberta), the Meadowmount School of Music (Westport, NY), the Ravel Festival (St. Jean de Luz, France), and the International Master Classes with Nathan Milstein (Zurich, Switzerland). Stegeman has appeared as an international soloist with the Vancouver Symphony with Gerard Schwarz conducting, France with the Toulouse Orchestre Symphonique with Jan Pascal Tortelier conducting, RTB Orchestra in Belgium with Serge Baudo conducting, the Kansas City Symphony with Bill McLaughlin conducting, and the New York Chamber Players in Gramercy Park also with Bill McLaughlin conducting, as well as in all the festivals with which he currently performs. He is a sought after master class clinician giving classes internationally at La Systema throughout Venezuela, The Beijing Central Conservatory, Beijing China as well as in the United States and Canada.
Stegeman appeared as a CAMI (Columbia Artist Management Inc.) for a decade with the Canterbury and Sartory Piano Trios where he replaced David Cerone (former Director of the Cleveland Institute of Music). Other chamber music collaborations include Cynthia Phelps and Carter Brey (Principal Violist and Cellist of the NY Philharmonic respectively), Peter Salaff (Cleveland Quartet), Gerome Lowenthal (The Juilliard School), Ron Leonard, Paul Coletti (The Colburn School in LA), Timothy Cobb (Principal Bass of the Metropolitan Opera of NY), and the Takacs Quartet. A winner of five national competitions and one international violin competition (CMC in Montreal), Mr. Stegeman currently performs approximately 60 concerts a year as Concertmaster, Chamber Musician, and Soloist in North America, Europe, South America, Asia, and The Caribbean. Since 1980, Stegeman has played for over 3 million people and performed over 2400 concerts! He has performed in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Denver, Paris, Zurich, Brussels, London to name a few major centers of music and he is known internationally as an established chamber music performer.
A father of 4 children, he resides with his violinist wife Rachel in Pittsburgh, PA. He plays a rare 1776 violin by Nicolo Gagliano and a bow made of space age by “Arcus” of Austria in 2007, which he finds superior to his collection of 15 priceless French and English bows.