Ralph has just returned from a successful tour to Guangzhou, Beijing and Tianjin with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. He performed Tan Dun’s new ‘Farewell, My Concubine’ for piano solo, Peking opera soprano and orchestra, conducted by the composer, and with Peking opera star Xiao Di. The Beijing concert was broadcasted and available for viewing here (starting from 23’45″).
Last week, Ralph recorded his third CD this year, this time in the beautiful Reitstadl in Neumarkt, Germany. Planned for a March 2017 release on Solaire Records, the repertoire is a double-CD of the complete Anaitalraxes (Scarlattiana – 25 virtuosic piano studies, including an exclusive non-published one) by Dutch composer Erik Lotichius (1929-2015).
One of Ralph’s earlier CD-releases on Naxos, with Frederic Rzewski’s one-hour marathon piano piece ‘The People United’, just received a very nice review by music journalist Ian Dando in New Zealand’s music magazine ‘Listener’. The CD has ranked among the Top 20 best-selling CD’s of record label Naxos.
With great excitement, Ralph is working on the first performances of Tan Dun’s revised Concerto for piano solo, Beijing Opera soprano and orchestra: Farewell, My Concubine. Not only will he perform it in China and New Zealand under the baton of the conducting composer, but it is also scheduled to be recorded for Naxos with the Auckland Philharmonia.
This summer, Ralph has been busy recording two new solo albums with some amazing twentieth-century music: piano works by Stravinsky and Debussy for CD-label Naxos (in the beautiful concert hall of TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, The Netherlands) and the complete piano works by Dutch composer Theo Loevendie, for the Attacca label (recorded in the great-sounding concert hall of the Conservatory of Amsterdam). More info and release dates soon!
Ralph has been filmed for an international documentary about Arvo Pärt. Footage was taken during one of Ralph’s group lessons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where he taught his students about Pärt’s piano oeuvre. After the lesson, Ralph was interviewed extensively about (working with) the composer, and about performing his works.
Ralph’s latest CD, with piano works of Dutch post-modernist composer Joep Franssens, including The Gift of Song and Winter Child, has been reviewed very positively. Claims such as ‘grandiose playing’ have been written by Erik Voermans in the newspaper Het Parool, and it even received a ‘Cum Laude’ rating in the printed classical music magazine Luister. Also, it was chosen as CD of the Month of April by radio station ClassicFM, after which it was broadcasted throughout the whole month.
Franssens is one of Holland’s most successful composers, whose unique style is strongly influenced by Bach, Pärt, Reich, and pop group Yes.