Bio

Ronald Van Deurzen

BIOGRAPHY




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.


Bronze at Global Music Awards
Bronze at Global Music Awards
One World Music Radio - Oneness Award
One World Music Radio - Oneness Award

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 numerous CD productions, including several albums in one of his favorite genres, namely progressive rock. Honor Way Down, a prog album containing many instrumental sections, released on US label Progrock Records, and 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 these albums 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 furthermore iOpages Magazine (paperback, The Netherlands) giving acclaim to Ronald's contributions on keyboards. The Reverie Suite also won an IndeProg Award.


The desire to grow outside of a band environment instigated a new direction for Ronald, who aspired 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. After delving into synthesizers/sounddesign he built his own 'Static Noise' studio at the art collective 'Italienska Palatset' from where he got involved in composing music for various regional film, documentary and contemporary art music projects. At the same time he produced several albums of New Age music, 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, Radio Ridderkerk 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 is a member of the Enlightened Piano Radio Network, whose aim it is to foster public awareness of original piano music in the world. He 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.


His involvement with New Age & cinematic style music sparked a passion 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 lectured 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.


Van Deurzen's orchestral arrangements live in Asia
Van Deurzen's orchestral arrangements live in Asia
Van Deurzen's orchestral arrangements live in Asia
Van Deurzen's orchestral arrangements live in Asia
In class
In class

After his experiences in Asia, he started working on his upcoming book 'Ear Training In Context' which is currently in development 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. It features an audio disc containing over 2 hours of audio exercises.


Ear Training In Context - book/audio method
Minnen - Swedish documentary
Minions of Mirth - PrairieGames - PC & MAC
Amsgård - Swedish indie film
New Age CD: Imaginations
New Age CD: Tale of Dreams
Progrock CD: Honor Way Down
Prog/folkrock CD: The Reverie Suite

Following Ronald's involvement with sound-technology, he 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 electro-acoustic composition, such as with British composer Natasha Barrett, whereafter he was commissioned to compose music for Media Artes' sound-art project 'Soundsight'. A few years later, he built his own studio 'Static Noise Studio' inside the cultural building Italienska Palatset in Sweden: an artist collective, housing various established Swedish and international artists across various disciplines.

At the Media Artes' Blomdahl Studio, Ronald regularly experiments with electro-acoustic music/sound-art and synthesizers. Using soundsculpturing techniques such as frequency modulation, sampling, granular, additive and subtractive synthesis, his EA-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). To check out his contemporary music listen to 'Tranceptive' (commissioned by Media Artes at Italienska Palatset in Växjö)


Italienska Palatset
Documentary premiere 'Minnen', Sweden
Documentary premiere 'Minnen', Sweden