Ronald Van Deurzen is a Dutch pianist, composer, teacher & orchestrator of New Age, global fusion and cinematic music. His works include music for film, documentary, animation and other media projects. He has also worked with various bands, live-orchestra and released several instrumental albums. His general sound can be compared to Thomas Newman, David Arkenstone, George Winston, Keith Jarett and often blends elements of classical, global fusion, folk, jazz and progressive music. 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 writing music for his upcoming New Age/World fusion album.
"Music blurs boundaries and keeps us in harmony. It can make us feel unified and more globally concious. I'm grateful for being able to contribute to this ideal with my music, no matter what kind of project or musical style I am working on."
Born in The Netherlands, Ronald grew up with piano and organ. After learning to play by ear and composing his first piece of music at the age of 11, he received lessons from a Dutch jazz pianist, improving his technique and sense of harmony. At the age of 15, Ronald was offered to play professionally as a live-pianist for a Dutch-Belgian folk/country band and its dance company. As the youngest musician in the band he performed several times per week at venues across the Benelux until he was 18 years old. This included playing gigs in bars, restaurants, festivals and other venues. 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 several American CD productions featuring various profilic musicians. Honor Way Down (progressive rock) which was released on US label Progrock Records and includes '80s MTV era vocalist Donnie Vie (Enuff Z' Nuff). The folk/prog influenced The Reverie Suite with guitarvirtuoso Hoyt Binder featuring harmonicist Tollak Ollestad, known from performing with Seal, Andrea Bocelli and Chet Atkins. The music of the albums received airplay on many popular online and FM radio stations and received positive feedback in magazines such as Fireworks UK, Prog Sphere, Background Magazine (The Netherlands), Swedenrock and iOpages (The Netherlands), giving acclaim to Ronald's contributions on keyboards. The Reverie Suite also won an IndeProg Award.
Ronald, however, desired to grow outside of a band environment. This instigated a new direction for him, aspiring to compose his own music not constrained by stylistic limitations. He longed for a calm and inspiring environment to do so, which led him to move to Sweden, where he could be surrounded by the nature. He delved into synthesizers, soundscaping and built his own studio at the art collective 'Italienska Palatset' from where he got involved in composing music for various film, documentary and contemporary art music projects. At the same time he produced several albums of New Age music, Imaginations (2012, reissued in 2020) 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, Radio Ridderkerk RTV 105.7FM in The Netherlands, New Age Stars Radio, Enlightened Piano Radio and more. He is a member of the Enlightened Piano Radio Network, an organisation that aims to foster public awareness of original piano music in the world. Ronald also composed a 2-hour synthesized ambient soundtrack for the indie videogame 'Minions Of Mirth' ('05). developed by PrairieGames Inc. a game company run by a group of people who have worked for or with Sony, EA and Atari. 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.
His involvement with meditation & cinematic style music sparked a passion for ethnomusicology, such as writing for ethnic instruments and working with live orchestra. This led Ronald to work for a period in Asia. Here his arrangements have been performed with orchestra in Thailand, live in concert with several vocalists of 'The Voice - Thailand' (such as Thai-Chinese Anchee), featuring guest-musicians of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Ronald also iectured at university in Sweden (at the age of 21) and Thailand (Faculty of Fine Arts) as part of ASEAN's international program. He taught various musical subjects during this time and composed several pieces combining the orchestra and Asian instruments, such as Saw-Duang, Saw-u, Khim and Thai Percussion.
After his experiences in Asia, he started working on his upcoming book 'Ear Training In Context'. It is currently in development for teacher and student use and 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 composer with an interest for soundtechnology, Ronald became a boardmember of Media Artes in Sweden, one of the country's primary concert-organisers for contemporary music/media art, supported by the municipality and the Swedish Arts Council/Ministry of Culture (Statens Kulturråd). He attended various academic lectures/masterclasses in Stockholm in contemporary music composition, such as with British composer Natasha Barrett, whereafter he was commissioned to compose music for Media Artes' contemporary sound-art project 'Soundsight'. A few years later, he 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 across various disciplines.
At another studio, the Media Artes' Blomdahl Studio, Ronald regularly experiments with electro-acoustic music, sound-art and synthesizers. His contemporary art music evokes a similar sound to the music of Philip Glass, Natasha Barret and Steve Reich. He's been a member of the board of directors for both Media Artes and IPEK (Italienska Palatset Ekonomisk Förening). He uses soundsculpturing techniques such as frequency modulation, sampling, granular, additive and subtractive synthesis, often creating new sounds and textures which he then regularly uses in his soundtrack works.