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RALPH VAN RAAT

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Performances

December 8, 2017
  • December 8, 2017 7:15 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
  • December 9, 2017 7:15 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
  • December 10, 2017 7:15 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
  • December 15, 2017 7:15 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
  • December 17, 2017 3:00 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
  • January 13, 2018 7:00 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 14, 2018
  • January 14, 2018 12:45 pm
    Murakami Festival

    ss Rotterdam, 3e Katendrechtse Hoofd 25, 3072 AM Rotterdam, Nederland


    Works t.b.a. In cooperation with Prof. Emile Wennekes.
    www.murakami.nl


January 19, 2018
  • January 19, 2018 7:15 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
  • January 21, 2018 7:00 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
  • January 24, 2018 7:15 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
  • January 25, 2018 7:15 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
  • January 27, 2018 7:00 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 31, 2018
  • January 31, 2018 7:30 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
  • February 2, 2018 7:15 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
  • February 3, 2018 7:15 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
  • February 4, 2018 2:00 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
  • February 8, 2018 7:15 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
  • February 25, 2018 7:15 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
  • March 4, 2018 3:00 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
  • March 8, 2018 9:00 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
  • March 29, 2018 6:30 pm
    Around Radiohead

    Theaters Tilburg, Louis Bouwmeesterplein 1, 5038 TK Tilburg, Nederland


    Ralph plays Radiohead (O'Riley concert versions),
    Adams, Debussy


March 30, 2018
  • March 30, 2018 6:00 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
  • April 12, 2018 6:00 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
  • April 13, 2018 6:15 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
  • April 14, 2018 6:00 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
  • April 15, 2018 12:00 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
  • April 21, 2018 6:00 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
  • April 29, 2018 1:00 pm
    Keith Jarrett Köln Concert

    Theater de Stoep, Theaterplein 1, 3201 DH Spijkenisse, Nederland


    Complete transcription of this piano
    milestone.


May 18, 2018
  • May 18, 2018 6:15 pm
    Ralph and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra

    De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland


    Tristan Keuris: Piano Concerto
    Thomas Søndergård, conductor


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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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