Several prizes at youth piano competitions in the sixties in the Netherlands

Second prize Tromp piano competition 1980 for the BENELUX countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands

RLK public prize 1982 in Amsterdam, awarded to Van Paassen for his interpretation of Beethovens last piano sonata and chamber music with cellist Jeroen Reuling, the other concert that year which received the public price was given by p ianoduo Daniel Wayenberg and Louis van Dijk