pianist, musicologist

RALPH VAN RAAT

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Performances

September 26, 2017 8:30 pm
Opening concert De Link
Stichting Het Cenakel, Cenakel 1, 5022 KK Tilburg, Nederland
World premières of new works by Theo Loevendie,
Vanessa Lann, and Heather Pinkham, and a selection of
works by Tan Dun

September 27, 2017 8:00 pm
Kasteelconcerten Delden Klassiek
Kasteel Twickel, Twickelerlaan 1A, 7495 VG Ambt Delden, Nederland
Lecture-recital with works by Liszt, Debussy,
Janácek, Gershwin, Pinkham
(www.deldenklassiek.nl)

September 30, 2017 8:00 pm
Dordtyart Klankpaviljoen
DordtYart, Maasstraat 11, 3313 CR Dordrecht, Nederland
Works by Joep Franssens, played by Ralph van Raat
in Dré Wapenaar's specially designed 'Klankpaviljoen'
(Sound Pavilion)

October 12, 2017 8:30 pm
World première Piano Concerto Ton de Leeuw
Laurenskerk, Grotekerkplein 27, 3011 GC Rotterdam, Nederland
Ralph plays the posthumously found Piano Concerto
by Ton de Leeuw.
Resident Orchestra/Ed Spanjaard, conductor

October 14, 2017 8:30 pm
Ton de Leeuw Piano Concerto
Koninklijk Conservatorium, Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, 2595 CA Den Haag, Nederland
Ralph plays the posthumously found Piano Concerto
by Ton de Leeuw.
Resident Orchestra/Ed Spanjaard, conductor

October 21, 2017 8:15 pm
Ralph plays Ligeti
Het Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26, 1054 Amsterdam, Nederland
Selection of Ligeti's Études

October 28, 2017 8:15 pm
Piano Works by Tan Dun
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Nederland
In presence of the composer, Ralph plays
Tan Dun's piano compositions, including
the world première of the Peking Opera Fantasy and the
Dutch premières of the Banquet Sonata
and the revised version of The Fire

November 3, 2017 8:15 pm
Ralph plays with LUDWIG
TivoliVredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Nederland
Works by Aaron Copland and
Leonard Bernstein

November 6, 2017 1:00 pm
Lecture for Donemus Academy
Haagse Toren / The Hague Tower, Rijswijkseplein 786, 2516 LX Den Haag, Nederland
Ralph is a guest speaker for participants of the Donemus
Academy for composers

November 9, 2017 3:45 pm
November Music
Willem Twee concertzaal, Prins Bernhardstraat 4-6, 5211 HE 's-Hertogenbosch, Nederland
Ralph plays the world premières of new piano pieces
by Daan Manneke, Anthony Fiumara, Pim Moorer and
Aspasia Nasopoulou

November 18, 2017 8:30 pm
Recital Prinses Christina Compositie Concours
HKU Utrechts Conservatorium, Mariaplaats 28, 3511 LL Utrecht, Nederland
Lecture-recital about working with composers

December 8, 2017 8:15 pm
Leonard Bernstein: Symphony nr. 2 "The Age of Anxiety"
Geertekerkhof, 3511 Utrecht, Nederland
For piano solo and orchestra.
Bellitoni Orchestra/Jurjen Hempel, conductor

December 9, 2017 8:15 pm
Leonard Bernstein: Symphony nr. 2 "The Age of Anxiety"
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Nederland
For piano solo and orchestra.
Bellitoni Orchestra/Jurjen Hempel, conductor

December 10, 2017 8:15 pm
Leonard Bernstein: Symphony nr. 2 "The Age of Anxiety"
Den Haag, Zuiderstrandtheater, 2583 Den Haag, Nederland
For piano solo and orchestra.
Bellitoni Orchestra/Jurjen Hempel, conductor

December 15, 2017 8:15 pm
Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
Het Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26, 1054 Amsterdam, Nederland
Rare performance of the complete cycle

December 17, 2017 4:00 pm
Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
Galerie Marzee, Lage Markt 3, 6511 VK Nijmegen, Nederland
Rare performance of the complete cycle

January 13, 2018 8:00 pm
Dr. Peter Kuipers Munneke and Ralph van Raat
Muziekcentrum Enschede, Noorderhagen 27, 7511 EK Enschede, Nederland
Counting Eskimo Words for Snow: an audio-visual
performance of the well-known TV weather broadcaster
and glaciologist with Ralph van Raat about climate change.
Works by a.o. Debussy, Boulez, Fiumara,
Tanaka, Luther Adams

January 19, 2018 8:15 pm
Dr. Peter Kuipers Munneke and Ralph van Raat
TivoliVredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Nederland
Counting Eskimo Words for Snow: an audio-visual
performance of the well-known TV weather broadcaster
and glaciologist with Ralph van Raat about climate change.
Works by a.o. Debussy, Boulez, Fiumara,
Tanaka, Luther Adams

January 21, 2018 8:00 pm
Music of the 20th and 21st Century
Schouwburg Odeon (onderdeel van Zwolse theaters), Blijmarkt 25, 8011 Zwolle, Nederland
Lecture-recital with works by
Schönberg, Andriessen, Beljon
and others

January 24, 2018 8:15 pm
Stravinsky with the Nederlands Kamerkoor
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Nederland
Stravinsky's masterwork in the version for
choir and two pianos (with Bobby Mitchell, piano)
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

January 25, 2018 8:15 pm
Stravinsky with the Nederlands Kamerkoor
TAQA Theater De Vest, Canadaplein 2, 1811 KE Alkmaar, Nederland
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms in the version for
choir and two pianos (with Bobby Mitchell, piano)
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

January 27, 2018 8:00 pm
Stravinsky with the Nederlands Kamerkoor
TivoliVredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Nederland
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms in the version for
choir and two pianos (with Bobby Mitchell, piano)
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

January 30, 2018 8:30 pm
Stravinsky with the Nederlands Kamerkoor
Musis Arnhem, Velperbuitensingel 25, 6828 CV Arnhem, Nederland
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms in the version for
choir and two pianos (with Bobby Mitchell, piano)
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

February 2, 2018 8:15 pm
Dr. Peter Kuipers Munneke and Ralph van Raat
Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam, Nederland
Counting Eskimo Words for Snow: an audio-visual
performance of the well-known TV weather broadcaster
and glaciologist with Ralph van Raat about climate change.
Works by a.o. Debussy, Boulez, Fiumara,
Tanaka, Luther Adams

February 3, 2018 8:15 pm
Dr. Peter Kuipers Munneke and Ralph van Raat
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips, Jan van Lieshoutstraat 3, 5600 AX Eindhoven, Nederland
Counting Eskimo Words for Snow: an audio-visual
performance of the well-known TV weather broadcaster
and glaciologist with Ralph van Raat about climate change.
Works by a.o. Debussy, Boulez, Fiumara,
Tanaka, Luther Adams

February 4, 2018 3:00 pm
Stravinsky with the Nederlands Kamerkoor
Nieuwe Kerk, Spui 175, 2511 BM Den Haag, Nederland
Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms in the version for
choir and two pianos (with Bobby Mitchell, piano)
Peter Dijkstra, conductor

February 8, 2018 8:15 pm
Messiaen, Ligeti, Boulez
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Nederland
Including Dutch premières of lesser known works
by Messiaen and Ligeti

February 25, 2018 8:15 pm
Maarten van Veen and Ralph van Raat
De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland
The two pianists perform duo works by
Eastman, Loevendie, Lindberg and others

March 4, 2018 4:00 pm
Ready for Ralph? (2nd Edition)
De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland
A day and evening full of highlights from the Dutch piano
literature, in cooperation with Ralph's students from
the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Works by Pijper, Loevendie,
Escher, De Leeuw and others. End time: 22.00 h

March 8, 2018 10:00 am
Jury member International Piano Competitions Orléans
Conservatory Of Music, 4 Place Sainte-Croix, 45000 Orléans, Frankrijk
Ralph is a jury member of the 13th International
Piano Competition in Orléans, France (March 8-18)

March 29, 2018 8:30 pm
Around Radiohead
Theaters Tilburg, Louis Bouwmeesterplein 1, 5038 TK Tilburg, Nederland
Ralph plays Radiohead (O'Riley concert versions),
Adams, Debussy

March 30, 2018 8:00 pm
André Kuipers and Ralph van Raat
Muziekcentrum Enschede, Noorderhagen 27, 7511 EK Enschede, Nederland
Harmony of the Spheres. ISS-astronaut André
Kuipers and Ralph join forces for an audiovisual
journey into space. Works by Bach, Scriabin, Cage, Crumb,
Debussy and others

April 12, 2018 8:00 pm
Ralph and the Gelders Orkest
Stichting Theater en Congrescentrum Hanzehof, Coehoornsingel 1, 7201 AA Zutphen, Nederland
Cumnock Fair for piano solo and orchestra by James MacMillan
Bas Wiegers, conductor

April 13, 2018 8:15 pm
Ralph and the Gelders Orkest
Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Keizer Karelplein 2D, 6511 NC Nijmegen, Nederland
Cumnock Fair for piano solo and orchestra by James MacMillan
Bas Wiegers, conductor

April 14, 2018 8:00 pm
Ralph and the Gelders Orkest
Musis Arnhem, Velperbuitensingel 25, 6828 CV Arnhem, Nederland
Cumnock Fair for piano solo and orchestra by James MacMillan
Bas Wiegers, conductor

April 15, 2018 2:00 pm
Ralph and the Gelders Orkest
Schouwburg Amphion, Hofstraat 159, 7001 JD Doetinchem, Nederland
Cumnock Fair for piano solo and orchestra by James MacMillan
Bas Wiegers, conductor

April 21, 2018 8:00 pm
Complete Ligeti Études
deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen, België
Rare performance of Book I, II and III.
Including a pre-concert lecture by Ralph
at 19.00 h

April 29, 2018 3:00 pm
Keith Jarrett Köln Concert
Theater de Stoep, Theaterplein 1, 3201 DH Spijkenisse, Nederland
Complete transcription of this piano
milestone.

May 18, 2018 8:15 pm
Ralph and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland
Tristan Keuris: Piano Concerto
Thomas Søndergård, conductor

Biography

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Ralph van Raat has been completely fascinated by classical music of the twentieth century since the age of 14. Although his repertoire ranges from Bach to Boulez, his primary focus has always been on composers dating from Debussy, Bartók and Ives to present day masters. His aim is to convince his audiences of the immense beauty and diversity of music of our own time through solo recitals, lecture-recitals, concerto performances, CD-releases and special projects.

Van Raat helps audiences identify with modern day composers by adhering to a classical approach: he firmly believes that a strong sense of classical structure as well as a refinement of tone is essential in conveying the logic and poetry of any music, certainly including his repertoire of choice…

Education/Studies

Pianist and musicologist Ralph van Raat studied the piano with Ton Hartsuiker and Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. During his piano studies Van Raat was admitted to the select “Provision for Outstanding Musicians”, a special training course for exceptional students. He graduated Cum Laude in piano as well as in musicology. As part of the Advanced Program of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and funded by the Dutch cultural trust “Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds”, Van Raat studied with Claude Helffer in Paris, with Ursula Oppens at Chicago’s Northwestern University, with Liisa Pohjola in Finland and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.

Prizes/Competitions

In addition to winning the First Prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in 1999, Van Raat has won a large number of prizes and awards, including an international Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship, the Philip Morris Arts Award, the Stipend-Prize Darmstadt during the “Internationale Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik” in Darmstadt, the Second Prize as well as the Donemus-Prize (for Contemporary Music) of the Princess Christina Competition, the Elisabeth Everts Prize, the VSCD Classical Music Prize, the Fortis MeesPierson Award of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and the Prijs Klassiek (Classics Prize) of the Dutch radio and television broadcaster, NTR.

Concerts

Van Raat regularly appears as a recitalist in both The Netherlands and abroad, in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as in the United States. Contemporary classical music is his repertoire of choice and dedication. His concerts are regularly broadcast by both Dutch and foreign radio and television networks. He has been engaged for his own radio series on contemporary classical music by Dutch national broadcasting, and has been honored with his own concert series by a.o. the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and De Doelen in Rotterdam.

Van Raat has often performed as a soloist with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Dortmunder Philharmoniker, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra. Van Raat was Artist-in-Residence of The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in 2010. He has worked closely with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, JoAnn Falletta, Susanna Mälkki, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Stefan Asbury, Michel Tabachnik, Jac van Steen and Otto Tausk.

He has performed as a soloist at important festivals such as at the symphonic openings concert of the Gergiev Festival, the BBC Proms, the Hong Kong Arts Festival (as part of the prestigious Credit Suisse Emerging Artist Series), the Festival International de Musique de Besançon, the Holland Festival, the Time of Music festival in Viitasaari, Finland, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in the UK, the Berliner Festspiele and the Tanglewood Summer Festival in the United States.

Recordings/CD’s

Ralph van Raat has had an exclusive contract with the international record label Naxos since December 2006. His first recording for Naxos, the complete piano works by John Adams, received top ratings in several magazines: Chicago Time Out (6/6 stars), Le Monde de la Musique (4/4 stars) and monthly magazine Luister (10/10 score). It was highlighted as a CD of the month in Gramophone. His second CD, with Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated was labelled a Benchmark CD in BBC Music Magazine, and Highly Recommended by Gramophone. In December 2010, within a month after its release, Van Raat’s CD with Hans Otte: Das Buch der Klänge (The Book of Sounds) was chosen as CD of the Week by Dutch public radio. Van Raat’s recording of Arvo Pärt’s piano music received a 5/5 star rating in BBC Music Magazine. His most recent recording, piano duo works by Debussy and Messiaen (Naxos 8.572472) has been nominated for the Spellemannsprisen 2012, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy.

The Rzewski recording as well as those of the complete piano works by John Adams, Gavin Bryars and Sir John Tavener have all been bestsellers, having ranked among the Top 20 bestselling Naxos albums worldwide. This resulted in 2009 in the publication of a special dedicated Artist Portrait CD-box, with the complete recordings for Naxos to date.

Collaboration with composers

Many composers worldwide, for example Gavin Bryars, David Lang and Tan Dun, have dedicated piano compositions and concertos to Van Raat. Van Raat has worked directly with many composers on the interpretation of their piano works: with John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Joep Franssens, Gavin Bryars, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Magnus Lindberg, Arvo Pärt, Frederic Rzewski, Tan Dun and Sir John Tavener, among others.

Teaching

Van Raat teaches contemporary piano music interpretation at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He regularly gives master classes, lectures and workshops and has done so at the conservatories of Tirana, Nizhny Novgorod, Kiev, the Ligeti Academy of the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble, etc. as well as for many other universities and institutes.

Honorary Title

Van Raat was named a Steinway Artist by the Steinway piano company in 2003, joining an exclusive circle of renowned artists including Vladimir Horowitz, Martha Argerich, Alfred Brendel, Lang Lang and Keith Jarrett. He records exclusively on Steinway pianos and uses the Steinway piano as his preferred instruments for performances worldwide.

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