Ronald Van Deurzen is a Dutch 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 several instrumental albums. His music blends elements of classical, global fusion, folk, jazz and progressive rock. In 2020 Ronald won the OWMR Oneness Award with his piece 'Hopeful Bliss', representing hope for global harmony and peace. He was a Bronze Medal Winner Finalist with special mention for composition & originality from The Global Music Awards in 2021. 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
The Dutch-born pianist started his musical journey at the age of 15, playing professionally for a Dutch-Belgian folk/country band. As the youngest member in the band, he 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 within improvising and musically thinking on his feet. This eventually led to a spot as a keyboardist on numerous CD albums, including Honor Way Down (released on Progrock Records) & The Reverie Suite (folk/progrock) which received airplay on various online and FM radio stations and received 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. The Reverie Suite also won an IndeProg Award.
"... 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' from where 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 105.7FM 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). Ronald also composed a 2-hour synthesized ambient soundtrack for the indiegame 'Minions Of Mirth' ('05). developed by PrairieGames Inc. The game was an entrant at the Independent Games Festival and was released for Mac and Windows. The music for the game was well-received back in its time by mediacritics such as GameWatcher, Gametunnel and RPGDOT.
"...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 a passion 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, such as Saw-Duang/Saw-u, Khim and Thai percussion 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.
Ronald has been a boardmember for several art associations and is an advocate of cross-cultural collaborations. He believes that through music people from all cultures and backgrounds can be brought together. Ronald also teaches privately and is currently working on his upcoming book 'Ear Training In Context' for teacher and student use. It 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.
Following Ronald's involvement with sound-technology, he regularly experiments with electro-acoustic music/sound-art and synthesizers. Using soundsculpturing techniques such as frequency modulation, sampling, granular, additive and subtractive synthesis, his contemporary music evokes a similar sound to the music of Philip Glass, Natasha Barret and Steve Reich. Check out his contemporary 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).