Ronald van Deurzen is a pianist, composer & music teacher 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 album releases as a keyboardist.
Born in The Netherlands, Ronald grew up with piano and organ as a child. At only 10 years old he was able to play back any song he heard by ear. Naturally drawn to creating new music he composed his first piece of music when he was 11 years old. He received lessons from Dutch jazz pianist Henri Vonken (from Dutch TV with Martin Šimek) improving his technical skills and started his professional musical journey as a performing pianist at the young age of 15 touring with Dutch-Belgian folk/country band "Oregon" and its "Oregon Dance Company". As the youngest musician in his band, he performed at venues in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and even France until he was 18 years old, playing in bars, restaurants, dance-clubs, festivals and performance halls. These early stage experiences allowed Ronald to grow his improvisational skills and led him to a spot as keyboardist on several CD albums distributed in the USA, both independently and through label, such as country/prog influenced Reverie and Primitive Overflow, released on Progrock Records, which features 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 independently. This led him to move to Sweden, where he built his own studio at the art collective 'Italienska Palatset' in Växjö, an 18th century building. Here he focused on music composition for various films various documentaries, music for animation and videogames. One such project contained the 2-hour soundtrack for the '05 indie-title 'Minions Of Mirth', the world's first one-time fee MMORPG for Mac and WIndows). A game that was produced by PrairieGames Inc. a USA company consisting of former 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 in various local theatres. The inclusion of world-instruments often found in his music led Ronald 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. Thai-Chinese Anchee), featuring guest-musicians of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Ronald has also instructed and lectured at various universities in Sweden (already at the young age of 21) and in Thailand (Faculty of Fine Arts) as part of ASEAN's international program. Here he taught students for their Bachelor and Master's Degree level degrees in music for several years, wrote a method on Ear Training and composed various pieces combining western and Asian instruments..
After his experiences in Asia, as a music educator Ronald authored his upcoming educational book 'Ear Training In Context'. This book method is currently in development and will be ISBN-published in the near future for teacher and student use. The method concentrates on multi-part solfege 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 over 2 hours of audio exercises.
As a solo pianist, Ronald creates tranquil and ethereal impressionist music. He independently composed produced 2 instrumental albums of calm 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 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 has also been a boardmember of Media Artes in Växjö, one of Swedens primary concert-organisers for contemporary music and media art, supported by the Swedish Ministry of Cultural Affairs (Statens Kulturråd). Through the organisation he attended various academic music lectures/masterclasses in Stockholm in contemporary music composition such as with Brittish composer Natasha Barrett and was commissioned to compose music for the contemporary sound-art project 'Soundsight'. He also built his own studio 'Static Noise Studio' inside the cultural building The Italian Palace (Italienska Palatset) in Växjö, Sweden: an artist collective, housing various established Swedish and international artists.
Within this inspiring 18th century old building he composed a lot of music of the past years. In Swedish contemporary art-music scene he is also a regular at the Media Artes' Blomdahl Studio, regularly expirimenting with electro-acoustic music, noise music and synthesizers. While working as a composer he has been a member of the board of directors for both Media Artes (7 years) and IPEK (Italienska Palatset Ekonomisk Förening 2 years).