May 27, 2017 Ralph van Raat

Performances with Macao, Auckland, Melbourne and Singapore Symphony Orchestras

Last October, Ralph did his first performance of Tan Dun’s highly successful new Concerto for Piano Solo, Peking Opera soprano and Orchestra, Farewell My Concubine, with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the composer. Ralph subsequently has been invited to perform the piece with the Macao Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand’s Auckland Symphonia, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra during the past months. Performances have been broadcasted by the Chinese national TV (CCTV) and Australian television networks. Quoting reviews“This was a sonic feast in itself; Van Raat’s fingers fluently evoked a century of contemporary idioms” (New Zealand Herald, Feb. 2, 2017); “For Dun, the best instrument to represent the King was the grand piano, which was wheeled centre stage, to be played with deep feeling and the lightest of touch by Ralph van Raat, another musical athlete who at one stage climbed onto the stool to reach over and hit the lowest note” (Limelight Magazine Australia, Febr. 6, 2017); and “Van Raat’s impressive feat of playing his major role entirely from memory” (The Straits Times, April 22, 2017).