Ronald van Deurzen is a pianist & composer from The Netherlands with credits in films, documentaries, games, video-animations and various government financed media projects. His music varies across all genres; from cinematic orchestral pieces, folk, pop to jazz & contemporary art music. Ronald has also a background in progressive rock music, recording on several retail album releases as keyboardist.
After growing up with organ and piano as a child, Ronald started his musical career as a performing pianist at the young age of 15 touring with the Dutch-Belgian folk/country band "Oregon'. As the youngest musician in his band he performed at venues in Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France until he was 18 years old. With these early stage experiences, Ronald landed jobs as a keyboardist on various CD albums released in the USA, both independently and through a label, such as country/prog influenced Euphoria Station - Reverie and Primitive Overflow, released on Progrock Records, which feature guitarvirtuoso Hoyt Binder, '80s MTV era vocalist Donnie Vie (Enuff Z' Nuff) and Seal/Andrea Bocelli's harmonica player Tollak Ollestad. The music has received positive reviews in popular paperback magazines such as SwedenRock, Fireworks UK and iOpages The Netherlands, giving acclaim to his contributions on keyboards.
From there, Ronald's search for an inspiring environment to create his own music led him to Sweden, where he built his own studio at the art collective 'Italienska Palatset'. Here he shifted into composing music for various films, documentaries, animations and videogames (such as the 2-hour soundtrack for 'Minions Of Mirth', the world's first one-time fee MMORPG, for Mac & Windows). The game was produced by PrairieGames Inc., a USA company consisting of members from Sony Entertainment, Electronic Arts and Atari. Ronald's soundtrack music has been well-received by mediacritics such as Strategy Informer, Gametunnel and RPGDOT. Several of his music works have been performed in Sweden and The Netherlands. The incorporation of world-instruments and impressionistic character often found in his music led him to work for a period in South-East Asia. His arrangements for orchestra have been performed in Thailand, live in concert with several vocalists of 'The Voice - Thailand' (e.g. Anchee), featuring guest-musicians of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Ronald also instructed and lectured as an educator at universities in both Sweden (LNU) and in Thailand (RU Faculty of Fine Arts) as part of ASEAN's international program. Here he taught students for their Bachelor and Master level degrees in music for several years.
As a music educator, Ronald authored his upcoming educational book 'Ear Training In Context'. This book method will be ISBN-published during fall 2018 for teacher and student use. The method concentrates on multi-part solfège of multi-timbral arrangements to prepare students for real working-life situations in bands, orchestras and in the recording studio. It features an audio disc containing 2 hours of exercises.
Originally Ronald is a pianist of tranquil and ethereal impressionistic music. He independently composed and produced 2 instrumental albums of New Age music; - the piano-driven Imaginations (2012) and the celtic-influenced Tale of Dreams (2013). The albums are available physically and digitally through CDBaby (US), iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many other mainstream retailers. His relaxation album 'Imaginations' blends influences from the Asian cultural scene and has been used by a 4-star Spa Resort in Phuket, The music fuses world-music with new age styles of a spiritual nature.
Ronald is also a member of Media Artes, one of Swedens primary concert-organisations for contemporary music and media art, supported by the Swedish Ministry of Cultural Affairs (Statens Kulturråd). Here Ronald was commissioned to compose music for the contemporary art project 'Soundsight'. He also built his own studio 'Static Noise Studio' inside the cultural building The Italian Palace (Italienska Palatset) in Sweden; an artist collective, housing various established Swedish and international artists.
Within this inspiring 18th century old building he composed many of his musical pieces in the past decade. In the Swedish contemporary art-music scene he is also a regular at the Media Artes' Blomdahl Studio, regularly experimenting with electro-acoustic music composition. While working as a composer he has been a member of the board of directors for both Media Artes and IPEK (Italienska Palatset Ekonomisk Förening).
• Which styles/themes are you specialized in?
Drama, romance, fantasy and documentary. Orchestral and hybrid. I’m experienced in all other styles as well. My additional niche is progressive rock music, including guitar riffs, synth solos, odd time signatures and blending in rich orchestra sections.
• What kind of equipment and work-methods do you use?
Software, VSTs, hardware synths, acoustic recordings/ sounddesign and a network of guest musicians to record.
• We would like you to create music for us. How will we communicate?
English is my primary language for collaboration, I also speak fluent Swedish and have Dutch as my native tongue.
I also use easy forms of communication such as phone, voice-call, post, Slack chat, email, FTP file sharing and more. Deadlines are met with punctuality, reliability and rapport.
• We need a soundtrack for our project but cannot hire a full orchestra. How are your MIDI-poductions compared to using live musicians?
As a live pianist/keyboardist by trade, I perform all parts of my music when producing. This means my music always contains maximum human touch and emotion, even during projects made within a MIDI environment. Whether I'm performing sensitive piano passages for an album, shredding a solo on synthesizer or sequencing a trailer with top-of-the-line sample libraries - each part is ensured to contain the same musical expressivity of a live performance.
• We are a foreign-based company working on a large project. Can you work on our project onsite/offsite?
Yes, both offsite and onsite, depending on the scope of the project and VISA/work permit details. Drop a line.
• Do you have any references or testimonials of previous clients/employers about your work?