Ronald van Deurzen is a pianist, composer & 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 organ and piano as a child. Naturally interested in creating new music he composed his first piece of music when he was only 11 years old. He received lessons from Dutch jazz pianist Henri Vonken (from Dutch t.v. with Martin Šimek) improving his technical skills and started his musical journey 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 even France until he was 18 years old, playing in bars, restaurants, festivals and performance halls. These early stage experiences led Ronald a spot as keyboardist on several CD albums distributed 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 independently led him to move on his own to Sweden, where he built his own studio at the art collective 'Italienska Palatset' in Växjö. Here he shifted instead into composing music for various films, documentaries, animations and videogames (such as the 2-hour soundtrack for the '05 indie-title '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 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 theatres. The incorporation of world-instruments and impressionistic character 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. the Thai-Chinese 'Anchee'), featuring guest-musicians of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Ronald also instructed and lectured at universities in both Sweden (LNU already at the young age of 21) 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.
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 during spring 2019 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 over 2 hours of audio exercises.
As a solo pianist, Ronald creates 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 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-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 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 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 (7 years) and IPEK (Italienska Palatset Ekonomisk Förening 2 years).