pianist, musicologist

RALPH VAN RAAT

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Performances

September 26, 2016 12:00 am
Recordings
Reitstadel/Kulturhaus, Residenzpl. 3, 92318 Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Duitsland

October 11, 2016 7:30 pm
Masterclass
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Jan van Lieshoutstraat 3, 5600 AX Eindhoven, Nederland
Ralph works with young musicians

October 20, 2016 8:00 pm
Ralph plays with the Guangzhou Symphony
Kanton, Guangdong, China
Tan Dun: Farewell my Concubine
Concerto for piano solo, soprano and orchestra
Conductor: Tan Dun

October 22, 2016 8:00 pm
Ralph plays with the Guangzhou Symphony
Beijing, China
Tan Dun: Farewell my Concubine
Concerto for piano solo, soprano and orchestra
Conductor: Tan Dun

October 23, 2016 8:00 pm
Ralph plays with the Guangzhou Symphony
Tianjin, China
Tan Dun: Farewell my Concubine
Concerto for piano solo, soprano and orchestra
Conductor: Tan Dun

October 27, 2016 8:15 pm
Ralph plays Debussy and Radiohead
TivoliVredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Nederland
Solo Radiohead transciptions by Christopher O'Riley,
combined with Debussy, Adams and Tanaka

November 3, 2016 8:30 pm
Ralph plays Debussy and Radiohead
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Jan van Lieshoutstraat 3, 5600 AX Eindhoven, Nederland
Solo Radiohead transciptions by Christopher O'Riley,
combined with Debussy, Adams and Tanaka

November 4, 2016 9:00 pm
Ralph plays Debussy and Radiohead
Solo Radiohead transciptions by Christopher O'Riley,
combined with Debussy, Adams and Tanaka

November 5, 2016 8:15 pm
Ralph plays Debussy and Radiohead
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Nederland
Solo Radiohead transciptions by Christopher O'Riley,
combined with Debussy, Adams and Tanaka

November 8, 2016 8:00 pm
Meet&Greet Ralph van Raat
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam, Nederland
Prelude to the concert on Nov. 8,
presented by Hans Haffmans

November 10, 2016 12:00 pm
Theo Loevendie Complete Piano Music
November Music De Toonzaal

November 16, 2016 9:00 pm
Ralph and Rosanne Philippens play Adams and Glass
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam, Nederland
Works for violin and piano, and piano solo by
John Adams and Philip Glass

December 16, 2016 8:15 pm
Olivier Messiaen Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
Het Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26, 1054 Amsterdam, Nederland

December 18, 2016 4:00 pm
Christmas Recital
Galerie Marzee, Lage Markt 3, 6511 VK Nijmegen, Nederland
Works by Crumb, Messiaen and Loevendie

December 31, 2016 8:00 pm
Ralph plays with the Macao Symphony Orchestra
Macau
Tan Dun: the Banquet Concerto &
The Triple Resurrection
Tan Dun, conductor

January 13, 2017 8:00 pm
Ralph and Kader Abdolah
deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen, België
Writer Kader Abdolah speaks; Ralph will play
Charles Koechlin: Les Heures Persanes

January 20, 2017 8:15 pm
Ralph plays with the Dudok String Quartet
Oude Stadhuis Naarden, Marktstraat 22, 1411 Naarden, Nederland
Alfred Schnittke: Piano Quintet

January 21, 2017 8:15 pm
Theo Loevendie Complete Piano Music
Het Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26, 1054 Amsterdam, Nederland
Complete Piano Music by Theo Loevendie
PLUS CD-presentation

January 31, 2017 8:00 pm
Ralph plays with Auckland Philharmonia
Aotea Centre, Auckland, 1010, Nieuw-Zeeland
Tan Dun: Farewell My Concubine
Concerto for piano solo, soprano and orchestra
Conductor: Tan Dun

February 10, 2017 8:30 pm
Keith Jarrett: Koln Concerto
Paradox Tilburg, Telegraafstraat 62, 5038 BM Tilburg, Nederland
Ralph plays the official transcription of
this monumental work

February 11, 2017 4:00 pm
The Piano and the Flightsimulator
Theaters Tilburg, Louis Bouwmeesterplein 1, 5038 TK Tilburg, Nederland

February 11, 2017 8:30 pm
Ralph and Andre Kuipers
Theaters Tilburg, Louis Bouwmeesterplein 1, 5038 TK Tilburg, Nederland
Harmony of the Spheres: program with astronaut André Kuipers
Ralph performs Bach, Debussy, Scriabin, Crumb and Cage

February 15, 2017 7:45 pm
Ralph&DJ Fant de Kanter
De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland
Ralph plays a spectacular overview of classical
repertoire in cooperation with the DJ and composer

February 21, 2017 8:15 pm
Raadhuisconcert
Stadhuis, Dudokpark 1, 1217 Hilversum, Nederland
Chamber music with Nadia Wijzenbeek, violin
and Michael Hesselink, clarinet

March 1, 2017 8:15 pm
Ligeti Complete Etudes
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Nederland
Ralph performs a marathon recital
with Ligeti's masterwork

March 3, 2017 8:15 pm
Toru Takemitsu Complete Piano Music
De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland

March 5, 2017 8:00 pm
Recital Highlights of the 20th Century
Theater De Spiegel, Spinhuisplein 14, 8011 ZZ Zwolle, Nederland
Works by a.o. Gershwin, Debussy and Pärt

March 30, 2017 8:00 pm
Andries van Rossem: Piano Concerto
Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Keizer Karelplein 2D, 6511 NC Nijmegen, Nederland
With the Gelders Orkest, conductor Karel Deseure

March 31, 2017 8:00 pm
Andries van Rossem Piano Concerto
Stichting Theater en Congrescentrum Hanzeho, Coehoornsingel 1, 7201 AA Zutphen, Nederland
With the Gelders Orkest, conductor Karel Deseure

April 2, 2017 11:00 am
Andries van Rossem Piano Concerto
Musis, Velperbuitensingel 25, 6828 CV Arnhem, Nederland
With the Gelders Orkest, conductor Karel Deseure

April 8, 2017 8:00 pm
ppianissimo Festival
Sofia, Bulgarije
Solo recital with works by Tan Dun and Dutch composers

Biography

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Ralph van Raat has been completely fascinated by classical music of the twentieth century since the age of 14. Although his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez, his primary focus has always been on composers dating from Debussy, Bartók and Ives to present day masters. His aim is to convince his audiences of the immense beauty and diversity of music of our own time through solo recitals, lecture-recitals, concerto performances, CD-releases and special projects.

Van Raat helps audiences identify with modern day composers by adhering to a classical approach: he firmly believes that a strong sense of classical structure as well as a refinement of tone is essential in conveying the logic and poetry of any music, certainly including his repertoire of choice…

Education/Studies

Pianist and musicologist Ralph van Raat studied the piano with Ton Hartsuiker and Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. During his piano studies Van Raat was admitted to the select “Provision for Outstanding Musicians”, a special training course for exceptional students. He graduated Cum Laude in piano as well as in musicology. As part of the Advanced Program of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and funded by the Dutch cultural trust “Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds”, Van Raat studied with Claude Helffer in Paris, with Ursula Oppens at Chicago’s Northwestern University, with Liisa Pohjola in Finland and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.

Prizes/Competitions

In addition to winning the First Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in 1999, Van Raat has won a large number of prizes and awards, including an international Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, the Philip Morris Arts Award, the Stipend-Prize Darmstadt during the “Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik” in Darmstadt, the Second Prize as well as the Donemus-Prize (for Contemporary Music) of the Princess Christina Competition, the Elisabeth Everts Prize, the VSCD Classical Music Prize, the Fortis MeesPierson Award of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Prijs Klassiek (Classics Prize) of the Dutch radio and television broadcaster, NTR.

Concerts

Van Raat regularly appears as a recitalist in both The Netherlands and abroad, in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as in the United States. Contemporary classical music is his repertoire of choice and dedication. His concerts are regularly broadcast by both Dutch and foreign radio and television networks. He has been engaged for his own radio series on contemporary classical music by Dutch national broadcasting, and has been honored with his own concert series by a.o. the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and De Doelen in Rotterdam.

Van Raat has often performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra. Van Raat was Artist-in-Residence of The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He has worked closely with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, JoAnn Falletta, Susanna Mälkki, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Stefan Asbury, Michel Tabachnik, Jac van Steen and Otto Tausk.

He has performed as a soloist at important festivals such as at the symphonic openings concert of the Gergiev Festival, the BBC Proms, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (as part of the prestigious Credit Suisse Emerging Artist Series), the Festival International de Musique de Besançon, the Holland Festival, the Time of Music festival in Viitasaari, Finland, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, the Berliner Festspiele and the Tanglewood Summer Festival in the United States.

Recordings/CD’s

Ralph van Raat has had an exclusive contract with the international record label Naxos since December 2006. His first recording for Naxos, the complete piano works by John Adams, received top ratings in several magazines: Chicago Time Out (6/6 stars), Le Monde de la Musique (4/4 stars) and monthly magazine Luister (10/10 score). It was highlighted as a CD of the month in Gramophone. His second CD, with Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated was labelled a Benchmark CD in BBC Music Magazine, and Highly Recommended by Gramophone. In December 2010, within a month after its release, Van Raat’s CD with Hans Otte: Das Buch der Klänge (The Book of Sounds) was chosen as CD of the Week by Dutch public radio. Van Raat’s recording of Arvo Pärt’s piano music received a 5/5 star rating in BBC Music Magazine. His most recent recording, piano duo works by Debussy and Messiaen (Naxos 8.572472) has been nominated for the Spellemannsprisen 2012, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy.

The Rzewski recording as well as those of the complete piano works by John Adams, Gavin Bryars and Sir John Tavener have all been bestsellers, having ranked among the Top 20 bestselling Naxos albums worldwide. This resulted in 2009 in the publication of a special dedicated Artist Portrait CD-box, with the complete recordings for Naxos to date.

Collaboration with composers

Many composers worldwide, for example Gavin Bryars, David Lang and Tan Dun, have dedicated piano compositions and concertos to Van Raat. Van Raat has worked directly with many composers on the interpretation of their piano works: with John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Joep Franssens, Gavin Bryars, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Magnus Lindberg, Arvo Pärt, Frederic Rzewski, Tan Dun and Sir John Tavener, among others.

Teaching

Van Raat teaches contemporary piano music interpretation at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He regularly gives master classes, lectures and workshops and has done so at the conservatories of Tirana, Nizhny Novgorod, Kiev, the Ligeti Academy of the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble, etc. as well as for many other universities and institutes.

Honorary Title

Van Raat was named a Steinway Artist by the Steinway piano company in 2003, joining an exclusive circle of renowned artists including Vladimir Horowitz, Martha Argerich, Alfred Brendel, Lang Lang and Keith Jarrett. He records exclusively on Steinway pianos and uses the Steinway piano as his preferred instruments for performances worldwide.

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