Ronald van Deurzen is a pianist, composer & music teacher from The Netherlands with credits in soundtracks for films, documentaries, games, video-animations and various subsidized media projects. His music varies from orchestral music to folk, 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 piano and organ as a child. At only 10 years old he was able to play back any song he heard by ear. Naturally drawn to creating new music he composed his first piece of music when he was 11 years old. He received lessons from Dutch jazz pianist Henri Vonken (from Dutch TV with Martin Šimek) improving his technical skills and started his professional musical journey as a performing pianist at the young age of 15 touring with Dutch-Belgian folk/country band "Oregon" and its "Oregon Dance Company". 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, clubs, festivals and other venues. These early stage experiences allowed Ronald to grow his improvisational skills and led him to a spot as keyboardist on several CD albums distributed in the USA, both independently and through label, such as country/prog influenced Euphoria Station 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 had airplay on many popular online and FM radio stations and received positive feedback in popular paperback magazines such as Swedenrock, Fireworks UK, Prog Sphere, Background Magazine and iOpages The Netherlands, giving acclaim to Ronald's contributions on keyboards.
From there, Ronald longed for an inspiring environment to indepently create his own music. This led him to move to Sweden, where he built his own studio at the art collective 'Italienska Palatset' in Växjö. Here he composed his soundtracks, while also pulling together musicians for some of his projects. He also composed the 2-hour soundtrack for the '05 indie-title 'Minions Of Mirth', which back in its time was the world's first one-time fee MMORPG for Mac and WIndows). "MoM" was produced by PrairieGames Inc. an American company consisting of former members from Sony, EA 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 various regional theatres. The inclusion of world-instruments 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' (such as. Thai-Chinese Anchee), featuring guest-musicians of Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Ronald has also instructed and lectured at various universities in Sweden (at the early age of 21) and in Thailand (Faculty of Fine Arts) as part of ASEAN's international program. Here he taught students for their Bachelor and Master's Degree level degrees in music, wrote a method on Ear Training and composed various pieces combining western and Asian instruments..
After his experiences in Asia, Ronald started writing his upcoming book 'Ear Training In Context'. This book method is currently in development and will be published in the near future for teacher and student use. The method 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 solo pianist, Ronald creates tranquil and ethereal impressionist music. He independently composed produced 2 instrumental albums - the piano-driven Imaginations (2012) and the orchestral-driven 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 some influences from the Asian cultural scene and has been used by large 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-organisers for contemporary music and media art, supported by the municipality and the Swedish Ministry of Cultural Affairs (Statens Kulturråd). He also attended various academic music lectures/masterclasses in Stockholm in contemporary music composition, such as with Brittish composer Natasha Barrett, and 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 'Static Noise Studio' he composed a lot of music of the past years. In Swedish contemporary art-music scene he is also a regular at the Media Artes' Blomdahl Studio, regularly expirimenting with electro-acoustic music, sound-art and synthesizers. 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).