Pianist

Ralph van Raat

Performances

    • September 4, 2014 7:05 pm
      De Wereld Draait Door (TV Ned. 1)
      Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 27, Amsterdam, Nederland
      Live TV-performance together with Paul Witteman


    • September 6, 2014 8:30 pm
      Debussy: Images I&II
      Dorst, 4849 Dorst, Nederland
      Piano-atelier Dorst


    • September 7, 2014 4:30 pm
      NTR Diskotabel Radio 4
      Media Park, Sumatralaan 45, Hilversum, Nederland
      Ralph is part of the CD discussion panel
      Live broadcast


    • September 16, 2014 3:30 pm
      Astronaut André Kuipers with Ralph van Raat
      Space Expo, Keplerlaan 3, Noordwijk Zh, Nederland
      Van de Sterren en de Planeten
      (works by a.o. Debussy, Scriabin, Crumb, Cage)
      By Invitation Only


    • October 3, 2014 8:15 pm
      Hans Otte: Das Buch der Klänge
      Het Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26, Amsterdam, Nederland
      Min of Meer Minimal Festival


    • October 6, 2014 8:15 pm
      Slagwerk Den Haag & Ralph van Raat: Hammer Music
      Musis Sacrum, Velperbuitensingel 25, Arnhem, Nederland
      Works by Adriaansz, Rzewski, Cage etc


    • October 17, 2014 9:00 pm
      The Black Page
      De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam, Nederland
      First concert in Ralph's own series. Works by a.o. Crumb, Castiglioni, Zappa


    • October 26, 2014 8:00 pm
      Ilonka Kolthof & Ralph van Raat: French Music for Flute and Piano
      Stichting Kamermuziek Zelhem, Jan Steenstraat 66, Zelhem, Nederland
      Works for flute and piano by Poulenc, Debussy, Messiaen, Escher, Milhaud


    • November 1, 2014 2:15 pm
      Radio Philharmonic Orchestra & Ralph van Raat
      Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 10, Amsterdam, Nederland
      ZaterdagMatinee-series, live broadcasted via Radio 4.
      World premiere piano concerto by Piet-Jan van Rossum
      With the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Otto Tausk


    • November 8, 2014 8:15 pm
      Composer Portrait Carl Nielsen
      Het Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26, Amsterdam, Nederland
      Works for piano solo and flute and piano by Carl Nielsen


    • November 9, 2014 8:00 pm
      Slagwerk Den Haag & Ralph van Raat: Hammer Music
      Theater aan de Parade, Parade 23, 's-Hertogenbosch, Nederland
      Works by Rzewski, Nas, Cage


    • November 14, 2014 8:00 pm
      John Adams, Vanessa Lann, David Lang etc.
      Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
      Works by Louis Andriessen, John Adams, Vanessa Lann, David Lang,
      Jeff Myers (world premiere).


    • November 15, 2014 8:00 pm
      John Adams, Vanessa Lann, David Lang etc.
      Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States
      Works by Louis Andriessen, John Adams, Vanessa Lann, David Lang,
      Jeff Myers (world premiere).


    • November 21, 2014 8:15 pm
      Sinfonia Rotterdam & Ralph van Raat
      Het Concertgebouw, Concertgebouwplein 10, Amsterdam, Nederland
      Alfred Schnittke: Concerto for Piano and Strings.
      Sinfonia Rotterdam conducted by Ilmar Lapinsch


    • November 22, 2014 8:15 pm
      Sinfonia Rotterdam & Ralph van Raat
      Het Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, Willemskade 25, Rotterdam, Nederland
      Alfred Schnittke: Concerto for Piano and Strings.
      Sinfonia Rotterdam conducted by Ilmar Lapinsch


    • December 7, 2014 4:00 pm
      Debussy, Skrjabin, Cage
      Stichting Muziekcentrum Van de Omroep, Heuvellaan 33, Hilversum, Nederland
      Lecture-recital about music and space!


    • January 7, 2015 8:15 pm
      Zielsverwanten: Bach, Shostakovich, Pärt
      Muziekgebouw aan `t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam, Nederland
      First of Ralph's own series 'Zielsverwanten' in the Muziekgebouw


    • January 9, 2015 8:00 pm
      Astronaut Andre Kuipers & Ralph van Raat
      deSingel Internationale Kunstcampus, Desguinlei 25, Antwerpen, België
      A musical journey through space told by an astronaut and played by a pianist


    • January 25, 2015 12:00 pm
      Janacek, Debussy, Gershwin
      Rabotheater, Beursstraat 44, Hengelo, Nederland


    • January 28, 2015 8:15 pm
      Nieuw Ensemble & Ralph van Raat
      Muziekgebouw aan `t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam, Nederland
      Tan Dun Complete Piano Music, including the Concerto for Pizzicato Piano


    • February 7, 2015 8:15 pm
      The Black Page: Anti-Virtuosity
      De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam, Nederland
      Second concert in Ralph's own series, The Black Page


    • February 14, 2015 10:00 am
      Public Masterclass
      Stichting Westvest 90, Nassaulaan 38, Schiedam, Nederland
      For winners of the Prinses Christina Junior Concours


    • February 15, 2015 2:15 pm
      Messiaen: Vingt Regards Sur l`enfant-Jésus (complete)
      Westvest, Schiedam, Nederland


    • February 20, 2015 2:15 pm
      Messiaen: Vingt Regards Sur l`enfant-Jésus (complete)
      Het Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26, Amsterdam, Nederland


    • February 22, 2015 8:00 pm
      Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert and Hans Otte: Book of Sounds
      Theaters Tilburg, Schouwburgring 1, Tilburg, Nederland


    • February 25, 2015 8:15 pm
      Colin Currie, Ben Ramirez, Ralph van Raat & Maarten van Veen
      De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam, Nederland
      Bartok: Sonata for two pianos and two percussionists, Dave Maric: new work.


    • February 26, 2015 8:15 pm
      Colin Currie, Ben Ramirez, Ralph van Raat & Maarten van Veen
      Muziekgebouw aan `t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam, Nederland
      Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Two Percussionists; Dave Maric: new work.


    • March 6, 2015 8:00 pm
      Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert
      Zeeuwse Concertzaal, Verwerijstraat 14, Middelburg, Nederland


    • March 17, 2015 8:00 pm
      Colin Currie, Ben Ramirez, Ralph van Raat & Maarten van Veen
      Mees Hall, E Mound St, Bexley, OH, United States
      Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Two Percussionists; Dave Maric: new work.
      John Adams: China Gates, American Berserk, Hallelujah Junction


    • March 18, 2015 8:00 pm
      Colin Currie, Ben Ramirez, Ralph van Raat & Maarten van Veen
      Mees Hall, E Mound St, Bexley, OH, United States
      Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Two Percussionists; Dave Maric: new work.
      John Adams: China Gates, American Berserk, Hallelujah Junction
      Joe Duddell: Parallel Lines (Colin Currie&Ralph van Raat)


    • March 22, 2015 4:00 pm
      Colin Currie, Ben Ramirez, Ralph van Raat & Maarten van Veen
      Ohio University, Athens, OH, United States
      Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Two Percussionists;
      Dave Maric: new work; John Adams: Hallelujah Junction


    • March 28, 2015 8:00 pm
      Colin Currie, Ben Ramirez, Ralph van Raat & Maarten van Veen
      Miami University, 501 E High St, Oxford, OH, United States
      Bartok: Sonata for Two Pianos and Two Percussionists; Dave Maric: new work.


    • April 9, 2015 11:00 pm
      World Minimal Music Festival
      Muziekgebouw aan `t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam, Nederland
      David Lang: Piano Music


    • April 11, 2015 11:00 pm
      World Minimal Music Festival Piano Marathon
      Muziekgebouw aan `t IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam, Nederland
      Joep Franssens: Piano Music
      Dennis Johnson: November (duration: ca. 5 hours)


    • April 19, 2015 8:15 pm
      Beethoven, Debussy, Janacek, Gershwin
      Musis Sacrum, Velperbuitensingel 25, Arnhem, Nederland


    • April 26, 2015 4:00 pm
      Tan Dun: Complete Piano Music
      Galerie Marzee, Lage Markt 3, Nijmegen, Nederland
      Including the new Piano Sonata 'The Fire', written for Ralph van Raat


    • May 3, 2015 8:15 pm
      The Black Page: Alkan, Zappa, Lang, Rzewski
      De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, Rotterdam, Nederland
      Last of Ralph's own concert series, The Black Page



 

 

Biography

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

Van Raat tries to make audiences identify with these composers through a classical approach to their music: he firmly believes that a strong sense of classical structure, as well as refinement of tone, is essential in conveying the logic and poetry of any music to his listeners.

Education/Studies

Pianist and musicologist Ralph van Raat studied the piano with Prof. Ton Hartsuiker and Prof. Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. During his piano studies, which he concluded “Cum Laude” (With Distinction), Van Raat was admitted to “The Provision for Outstanding Musicians”, a special training course offered alongside the regular curriculum. He also concluded his musicology studies with the mention “Cum Laude”. As a part of the Advanced Programme of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, and with help of the Dutch cultural trust ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds’, Van Raat also 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, 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 and Donemus-Prize (for Contemporary Music) of the Princess Christina Competition; the Elisabeth Everts Prize; 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 appears as a recitalist in The Netherlands and abroad, in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as the United States. Besides the traditional classical repertoire, he takes special interest in the performance of contemporary classical music. Many of his concerts have been broadcasted by Dutch as well as foreign radio and television networks. He was given his own radio series about contemporary classical music for the Dutch national broadcasting company, and his own concert series by a.o. the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and De Doelen in Rotterdam.

Van Raat also 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 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 played as a soloist at important festivals such as at the symphonic opening 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

Since December 2006, Ralph has an exclusive contract with the international record label Naxos. His first recording for Naxos with the complete piano works by John Adams received top ratings in several magazines, such as Chicago Time Out (6/6 stars), Le Monde de la Musique (4/4 stars) and monthly magazine Luister (10/10 score). In Gramophone, it was one of the highlighted CD’s of the month. 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, Van Raat’s CD with Hans Otte: Das Buch der Klänge (The Book of Sounds) was chosen, within a month after its release, as CD of the Week by the Dutch national radio. Van Raat’s recording with Arvo Pärt’s piano music received a 5/5 star rating in BBC Music Magazine. His most recent recording of piano duo works by Debussy and Messiaen (Naxos 8.572472) has been nominated in 2013 for the Spellemannsprisen 2012, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy.

The Rzewski recording, plus 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 of bestselling Naxos albums worldwide. This has resulted in the publication of a special dedicated Artist Portrait CD-box (in 2009), in which the complete recordings for Naxos until 2009 have been included.

Collaboration with composers

Many composers worldwide, such as Gavin Bryars, David Lang and Tan Dun, have dedicated piano compositions and concertos to Van Raat. Van Raat has worked closely with many composers on the interpretation of their piano works, such as 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.

Teaching

Van Raat teaches contemporary piano music interpretation at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He regularly gives masterclasses, lectures and workshops also, such as at the conservatories of Tirana, Nizhny Novgorod, Kiev, the Ligeti Academy of the ASKO/Schönberg Ensemble, and for many foundations and universities.

Honorary Title

As from 2003, Van Raat has been named a Steinway Artist by the Steinway piano company, joining an exquisite circle of renowned artists such as 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 piano for world wide performances.

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