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Interview about Louis Andriessen in newspaper Trouw

Today, an article about composer Louis Andriessen is published in Dutch newspaper Trouw, for which Ralph was interviewed. Coming Thursday, between 12.30 and 13.00 h, Ralph will be a guest at radioshow De Nieuws BV, Radio 1, also to be interviewed about Louis Andriessen who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. From coming Friday, Ralph will perform a number of concerts with a selection of Andriessen’s piano works, in combination with the piano solo version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.

Successful performances in China, Switzerland and Belgium

On January 30th, Ralph returned from a successful tour, performing Tan Dun’s Farewell, My Concubine for piano solo, Peking opera soprano and orchestra, conducted by the composer. Van Raat’s playing was described as ‘strong and precise’ in a review by Bachtrack, and ConcertoNet.com wrote ‘ Il faut souligner la performance de Ralph van Raat, qui joue sans partition la redoutable partie soliste’.

5/5 stars in newspaper Trouw!

This morning, maximum scores have been awarded for the show by Ralph and Dutch weather forecaster and glaciologist dr. Peter Kuipers Munneke, ‘Counting Eskimo Words for Snow’. In this show, Kuipers Munneke not only gives the listener an insight into life in the extremes of the earth, but also shows us the direct effects of climate change. Ralph provides for an aural experience through works by a.o. Claude Debussy, Karen Tanaka, John Luther Adams and Anthony Fiumara.