Bio

Ronald Van Deurzen

BIOGRAPHY




Ronald Van Deurzen is a pianist, composer & orchestrator of New Age, global fusion and cinematic music. His works include music for film, documentary, animation and other media projects. He has worked with various bands, live-orchestra and released two indepedent albums. His music blends elements of classical, global fusion, folk, jazz and progrock. Ronald received the 1st place OWMR Oneness Award in 2020 with his piece 'Hopeful Bliss', representing hope for global harmony and peace. He was nominated at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards (2021) for best song in the New Age/Ambient category, and earned Bronze & Silver accolades from The Global Music Awards. Ronald is currently working on his upcoming New Age album involving a variety of guest-musicians. He is also playing keyboards for Euphoria Station's next album, which will feature guitarvirtuoso Hoyt Binder, harmonicist Tollak Ollestad (ex Seal/Andrea Bocelli) and drummer Toss Panos (Sting).


"...filled with passion and a positive intent and virtually guaranteed to be a huge success on its musical journey into our hearts..."


Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio


Bronze at Global Music Awards
Bronze at Global Music Awards
Ronald Van Deurzen
One World Music Radio - Oneness Award
One World Music Radio - Oneness Award
Ronald Van Deurzen

The Dutch-born pianist started his musical journey at the age of 15, playing professionally for a Dutch-Belgian folk/country band and its dance company. As the youngest member in the band, he was given only 2 weeks time to learn 60 songs. He then performed several times per week at venues across the Benelux. This included playing gigs in many bars, restaurants and festivals. During these concerts, Ronald would often trade solos with the band's guitarist. Through his live experiences Ronald developed his style and musicianship on keys. This led him to spots as a keyboardist on numerous CD albums, including Honor Way Down (released on Progrock Records) & The Reverie Suite (folk/progrock), projects which received airplay on various online and FM radio stations with positive feedback in magazines such as Dutch Progressive Rock Page, Profil Prog, Fireworks UK, Rock In Spain, Prog Sphere, Swedenrock, Background Magazine and iOpages in The Netherlands. .

"... exceptionally tasteful and technically highstanding..."


iOpages Progressive Rock Magazine


The desire for a calm and inspiring environment to compose his own music not constrained by stylistic limitations became strong. He moved to Sweden where he could be surrounded by the nature and built his own 'Static Noise Studio' at the local art collective 'Italian Palace'. Working from here with synthesizers, VSTs and acoustic recording, he got involved in composing music for various regional film, documentary and contemporary art music projects. He also lectured for Swedish university at the age of 21 and produced two New Age albums, Imaginations (2012) and Tale Of Dreams (2013), whose inspiration from the beautiful Scandinavian nature can be heard throughout. Ronald's New Age music has been featured in various shows on One World Music Radio, Shades of Classics (CKUW 95.9FM), Audiosyncracy (KTEP 88.5FM), Peaceful Radio/Zandvoort FM, RTV Ridderkerk 105.7FM & RTV Gouwestad's "Folk Roots" in The Netherlands, New Age Stars Radio, Enlightened Piano Radio and more. 'Imaginations' was also nominated for 'Best Piano with Instrumentation Album' by OWMR (UK).



"...it is easy to see why Van Deurzen is considered a musician of note within his field that of piano, orchestra, fusion and prog rock as Imaginations delivers the lot in one incantation or another..."


Janet Mawdesley, BlueWolf Reviews


His involvement with New Age & cinematic style music sparked an interest for ethnic instruments. This led Ronald to work for a period in Asia. While teaching at a Fine Arts Faculty in Thailand he got involved with Asian instruments and was commissioned to compose various pieces of music for the university. His orchestral arrangements were performed in concert with guest-musicians of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Performances include the piece 'Song of the Violin', a collaboration with Thai violinist assistant-professor Prapad Kwanpradub, combining the sound of classical orchestra with an intimate narrative on violin reminiscent of Asian folk music. The classical piece received critical recognition and was nominated at the InterContinental Music Awards in Los Angeles in 2021.


Van Deurzen's arrangements performed live
Van Deurzen's arrangements performed live
(Central Festival, Thailand)
Van Deurzen's arrangements performed live
Van Deurzen's arrangements performed live
(Central Festival, Thailand)
Van Deurzen's arrangements performed live
Van Deurzen's arrangements performed live
(Central Festival, Thailand)
In class
In class
In class
In class

Ronald has been a boardmember for several art associations and is an advocate of cross-cultural collaborations. He also teaches privately and is currently working on his upcoming book 'Ear Training In Context', a method that 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.


Ear Training In Context - book/audio method
Ear Training In Context - book/audio method
Minnen - Swedish documentary
Minnen - Swedish documentary
Minions of Mirth - PrairieGames - PC & MAC
Minions of Mirth - PrairieGames - PC & MAC
Amsgård - Swedish indie film
Amsgård - Swedish indie film
New Age CD: Imaginations
New Age CD: Imaginations
New Age CD: Tale of Dreams
New Age CD: Tale of Dreams
Progrock CD: Honor Way Down
Progrock CD: Honor Way Down
Prog/folkrock CD: The Reverie Suite
Prog/folkrock CD: The Reverie Suite
Studio photo
Studio photo
Documentary premiere 'Minnen' (VanDeurzen/Slowinski/Fransson)
Documentary premiere 'Minnen' (VanDeurzen/Slowinski/Fransson)
Documentary premiere 'Minnen' (VanDeurzen/Slowinski/Fransson)
Documentary premiere 'Minnen' (VanDeurzen/Slowinski/Fransson)


Following Ronald's involvement with sound-technology, he regularly experiments with electro-acoustic music/sound-art and synthesizers. His contemporary music is inspired by the music of Philip Glass, Natasha Barret and Steve Reich. Check out his electro-acoustic piece 'Tranceptive' commissioned by Media Artes, one of the country's primary concert-organisers for contemporary music/media art, supported by the municipality and the Swedish Arts Council (Statens Kulturråd).