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RALPH VAN RAAT

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September 4, 2020
  • September 4, 2020 8:15 pm
    Copland, Gershwin et al

    TivoliVredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Nederland


    Festive recital, a.o. El Salón México by Copland and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue


September 6, 2020
  • September 6, 2020 6:10 pm
    NTR Podium Witteman TV

    NPO 2 (TV)


    Ralph wil talk and perform during the TV show


September 11, 2020
  • September 11, 2020 10:00 pm
    Joep Franssens Piano Concerto

    Musis Arnhem, Velperbinnensingel 15, 6811 BP Arnhem, Nederland


    First performance of new version. PHION orchestra, Otto Tausk, cond.


September 12, 2020
  • September 12, 2020 8:15 pm
    Joep Franssens Piano Concerto

    Concertgebouw De Vereeniging, Keizer Karelplein 2D, 6511 NC Nijmegen, Nederland


    First performance of new version. PHION orchestra, Otto Tausk, cond.


September 13, 2020
  • September 13, 2020 8:15 pm
    Joep Franssens Piano Concerto

    Wilminktheater en Muziekcentrum Enschede, Noorderhagen 27, 7511 EK Enschede, Nederland


    First performance of new version. PHION orchestra, Otto Tausk, cond.


October 4, 2020
  • October 4, 2020 8:15 pm
    Fascinating Rhythm

    De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland


    A rhythmic recital with the world premieres of Techno Etudes II by Karen Tanaka and a new work by Heather Pinkham, both written for Ralph van Raat. Also works by a.o. Moorer, Zorn, Nick Drake and Jonny Greenwood
    PROGRAM MIGHT BE ALTERED BECAUSE OF CORONA RESTRICTIONS


October 11, 2020
  • October 11, 2020 12:00 am
    American Recital

    KU Leuven Universiteitshal, Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven, België


    Part of the American Music festival by the KU Leuven. Works by Copland, Morton, Cage, Cowell, Ives, Adams etc.


October 16, 2020
  • October 16, 2020 12:00 am
    Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofieff, Stravinsky

    Abdijkerk, Burgemeester Seinenstraat 42, 9831 PX Aduard, Nederland


    Recital with Russian works including Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' for piano solo


October 22, 2020
  • October 22, 2020 8:00 pm
    Debussy, Murail, Alkan

    Wilminktheater en Muziekcentrum Enschede, Noorderhagen 27, 7511 EK Enschede, Nederland


    Recital with French music of the 19th- and 20th century


October 24, 2020
  • October 24, 2020 3:00 pm
    Dag in de Branding

    Nieuwe Kerk, Spui 175, 2511 BM Den Haag, Nederland


    Program t.b.a. soon


October 31, 2020
  • October 31, 2020 8:00 pm
    Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, Shostakovich, Stravinsky

    Kerkcentrum Goede Rede, Kerkgracht 60, 1354 AM Almere, Nederland


    Goede Rede concert series. Russian piano recital including Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring'


November 1, 2020
  • November 1, 2020 3:00 pm
    Gaudeamus 75!

    Stichting Walter Maas Huis, Gerard Doulaan 21, 3723 GW Bilthoven, Nederland


    Program t.b.a. soon


November 8, 2020
  • November 8, 2020 8:00 pm
    The music of Erik Satie

    Stadsschouwburg Nijmegen, Keizer Karelplein 32H, 6511 NH Nijmegen, Nederland


    Piano music by Satie such as Gymnopédies, Ogives, Gnossiennes, and a selection of Hans Otte's 'Book of Sounds'


November 14, 2020
  • November 14, 2020 6:00 pm
    Fascinating Rhythm Lecture

    deSingel | theater . dans . muziek . architectuur, Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen, België


    Pre-concert talk by Ralph van Raat


  • November 14, 2020 8:00 pm
    Fascinating Rhythm

    deSingel | theater . dans . muziek . architectuur, Desguinlei 25, 2018 Antwerpen, België


    A rhythmic recital with Belgian premieres of Techno Etudes II by Karen Tanaka, a new work by Heather Pinkham and Nachtpiano II by Pim Moorer, all written for Ralph van Raat. Also works by a.o. John Zorn, Nick Drake and Jonny Greenwood.


December 3, 2020
  • December 3, 2020 12:00 am
    Piano 8-hands!

    De Doelen, Schouwburgplein 50, 3012 CL Rotterdam, Nederland


    Eight hands, and two to four pianos. Music by Vanessa Lann (world premiere) and Joep Franssens. Other pianists: Maarten van Veen, Saskia Lankhoorn and Vicky Chow


December 6, 2020
  • December 6, 2020 8:00 pm
    ppIANISSIMO!

    Sofia, Bulgarije


    ppIANISSIMO! festival. Well known and lesser known piano works by Boulez.


December 12, 2020
  • December 12, 2020 8:00 pm
    Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus

    Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 28, 1054 JK Amsterdam, Nederland


    Yearly recurring concert with Messiaen's complete cycle.


December 18, 2020
  • December 18, 2020 8:00 pm
    Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jésus

    Paleiskerk, Paleisstraat 8, 2514 JA Den Haag, Nederland


    Complete cycle


December 20, 2020
  • December 20, 2020 4:00 pm
    Daan Manneke: Grote Archipel

    Galerie Marzee, Lage Markt 3, 6511 VK Nijmegen, Nederland


    Christmas Concert with Manneke's intense piano cycle


January 16, 2021
  • January 16, 2021 12:00 am
    Pierre Boulez world premieres

    Philharmonie de Paris, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, Frankrijk


    The unknown, early Boulez: a.o. Thème et Variations pour la maine gauche (world premiere), Trois Psalmodies, Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo etc.


January 18, 2021
  • January 18, 2021 12:00 pm
    l'Oeuvre pour piano de Pierre Boulez

    BNF Richelieu Site, 58 Rue de Richelieu, 75002 Paris, Frankrijk


    Roundtable discussion about the early piano works by Boulez with Angela De Benedictis, Pascal Decroupet, Philippe Manoury and Ralph van Raat


January 21, 2021
  • January 21, 2021 8:15 pm
    The unknown Boulez, Murail

    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Nederland


    Dutch premieres of early works by Boulez (Dutch premieres) and the most recent piano works by Tristan Murail


February 7, 2021
  • February 7, 2021 2:00 pm
    Ralph&Peter Kuipers Munneke: Expeditie Weerklank

    SPOT Groningen, Trompsingel 27, 9724 CW Groningen, Nederland


    A whole thematic day about weather and music, presented by weather forecaster Peter Kuipers Munneke and Ralph van Raat


February 17, 2021
  • February 17, 2021 8:00 pm
    Kader Abdolah&Ralph van Raat

    TivoliVredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11, 3511 WC Utrecht, Nederland


    The Persian Hours: a cooperation between writer and narraror Kader Abdolah and Ralph van Raat (performing excerpts of Charles Koechlin's Les Heures Persanes


March 21, 2021
  • March 21, 2021 8:00 pm
    Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofieff, Stravinsky

    Theater de Brink, Stationsplein 12, 7021 CN Zelhem, Nederland


    Recital with Russian piano music, including Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' for solo piano


March 25, 2021
  • March 25, 2021 8:00 pm
    Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofieff, Stravinsky

    Twickelerlaan 1A, 7495 VG Ambt Delden, Nederland


    Kasteelconcerten Delden: recital with Russian piano music, including Stravinsky's 'The Rite of Spring' for solo piano


March 27, 2021
  • March 27, 2021 3:00 pm
    Pärt and Franssens

    Kerkcentrum Goede Rede, Kerkgracht 60, 1354 AM Almere, Nederland


    Almere Piano Driedaagse


March 28, 2021
  • March 28, 2021 8:00 pm
    Messiaen: Visions de l'Amen

    Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 28, 1054 JK Amsterdam, Nederland


    Messiaen's 2-piano cycle, together with pianist Maarten van Veen


April 10, 2021
  • April 10, 2021 8:15 pm
    Beethoven, Liszt, Ter Veldhuis, Franssens

    Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Piet Heinkade 1, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Nederland


    World premiere of a new piano work by Jacob TV, written for Ralph van Raat. Furthermore, Beethoven op. 126, Hungarian Folk Songs by Liszt, Etudes by Joep Franssens etc.


April 11, 2021
  • April 11, 2021 8:00 pm
    Beethoven, Liszt, Ter Veldhuis, Franssens

    Hasselt, België


    Pianodagen Hasselt. Beethoven, Liszt, Ter Veldhuis, Franssens, Scriabin and Drake


April 25, 2021
  • April 25, 2021 2:00 pm
    Beethoven, Liszt, Ter Veldhuis, Franssens

    Willem Twee toonzaal, Prins Bernhardstraat 4, 5211 HE 's-Hertogenbosch, Nederland


    New work by Jacob TV, written for Ralph van Raat. Furthermore, Beethoven op. 126, Hungarian Folk Songs by Liszt, Etudes by Joep Franssens etc.


May 13, 2021
  • May 13, 2021 3:00 pm
    Kader Abdolah&Ralph van Raat

    Musis Arnhem, Velperbinnensingel 15, 6811 BP Arnhem, Nederland


    Part of the Piano Festival by Daria van den Bercken. The Persian Hours: a cooperation between writer and narraror Kader Abdolah and Ralph van Raat (performing excerpts of Charles Koechlin's Les Heures Persanes)   


May 14, 2021
  • May 14, 2021 8:00 pm
    Expeditie Weerklank: Peter Kuipers Munneke en Ralph van Raat

    Chassé Theater & Cinema Breda, Claudius Prinsenlaan 8, 4811 DK Breda, Nederland


    New show after the success of the first tour! A summer day's weather cycle in words and musical tones. Music by: Tsjaikovsky, Liszt, Debussy, Sciarrino etc.


May 16, 2021
  • May 16, 2021 2:00 pm
    Expeditie Weerklank: Peter Kuipers Munneke en Ralph van Raat

    Singer Laren, Oude Drift 1, 1251 BS Laren, Nederland


    New show after the success of the first tour! A summer day's weather cycle in words and musical tones. Music by: Tsjaikovsky, Liszt, Debussy, Sciarrino etc.


May 25, 2021
  • May 25, 2021 8:00 pm
    Expeditie Weerklank: Peter Kuipers Munneke en Ralph van Raat

    Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Heuvel 140, 5611 DK Eindhoven, Nederland


    New show after the success of the first tour! A summer day's weather cycle in words and musical tones. Music by: Tsjaikovsky, Liszt, Debussy, Sciarrino etc.


May 27, 2021
  • May 27, 2021 8:00 pm
    Expeditie Weerklank: Peter Kuipers Munneke en Ralph van Raat

    Concertzaal Tilburg, Kloosterstraat 1, 5038 VN Tilburg, Nederland


    New show after the success of the first tour! A summer day's weather cycle in words and musical tones. Music by: Tsjaikovsky, Liszt, Debussy, Sciarrino etc.


May 28, 2021
  • May 28, 2021 8:15 pm
    Expeditie Weerklank: Peter Kuipers Munneke en Ralph van Raat

    Het Concertgebouw, 1071 LN Amsterdam, Nederland


    New show after the success of the first tour! A summer day's weather cycle in words and musical tones. Music by: Tsjaikovsky, Liszt, Debussy, Sciarrino etc.


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I enjoy van Raat on recording, but given the chance to hear him again live,

I would run, not walk.  Christian B. Carey, Musical America

Ralph van Raat has been completely fascinated by contemporary classical music since the age of 14. Although his repertoire ranges from Bach up to and far beyond Boulez, his primary focus has always been on composers dating from Debussy, Bartók and Ives to present day international masters. His passion is to convince audiences of the immense beauty and diversity in the music of our own time through solo recitals, lecture-recitals, concerto performances, CD-releases, media appearances and special, cross-medial 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…

…the good performance [of Frédéric Devreese’s Piano Concerto No. 4] with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, especially by the excellent soloist Ralph van Raat. NRC Handelsblad

Ralph van Raat regularly appears as a recitalist around the world, in Europe, the Middle East, Australia 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 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 Melbourne Symphony 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 including Valery Gergiev, JoAnn Falletta, Susanna Mälkki, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Stefan Asbury, Ludovic Morlot, Tönu Kaljuste, Jeffrey Milarsky, Thierry Fischer 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.

His Pärt, Rzewski, Adams, Bryars and Tavener recordings have all been bestsellers, ranked among the Top 20 of bestselling Naxos albums worldwide. Celebrating Ralph van Raat on Naxos.

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 piano duo release with works by Debussy and Messiaen (Naxos 8.572472) has been nominated for the Spellemannsprisen 2012, the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammy.

In 2009, an Artist Portrait CD-box was released, with van Raat’s complete Naxos recordings to date. In 2017, Naxos issued a press release worldwide:

Celebrating Ralph van Raat. In May 2020, Naxos will present his most recent recording: a treasure trove of unknown French repertoire by a.o. Debussy, Ravel and Pierre Boulez.

Ralph van Raat proves how much variation a pianist can achieve through different manners of toucher. His touch reinforces the phrasing, gives extra weight to articulation and regulates the dynamic discourse within musical phrases. With van Raat, the danger of monotony is never present; he attains every conceivable sound color. His fascination for the repertoire he performs sounds through the notes authentically, contributing to the emotional participation of his listeners.   Piano Bulletin (EPTA/European Piano Teachers Association)

Many composers worldwide, including Tan Dun, David Lang, Gavin Bryars, Jacob TV, Heather Pinkham and Robin de Raaff have dedicated piano compositions and concertos to van Raat. Van Raat has collaborated directly with many composers on the interpretation of their piano works, for example, with John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Arvo Pärt, Frederic Rzewski, Tan Dun, Jonathan Harvey, Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Magnus Lindberg, and Sir John Tavener and Vladimir Martynov.

Ralph van Raat is quite exceptional, a much sought out recitalist and soloist, a highly regarded musicologist and a respected teacher. Lewis M. Smoley, Classical Source

Van Raat teaches contemporary piano 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.

Here again, a concentrated van Raat was at work, and once more the music flourished and reached great richness, in sparkling colors with the correct accents and tension lines. Piano World

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. 

 At the keyboard, Ralph van Raat combined the traditional aspects of the technically complex with all the effects of the advanced tonal language in the solo part… Frankfurter Algemeine

Pianist and musicologist Ralph van Raat studied with Ton Hartsuiker and Willem Brons at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and Musicology with prof. dr. Rokus de Groot 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 a participant of the Advanced Program of the Conservatory of Amsterdam and funded by the Dutch cultural trust “Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund”, van Raat continued his studies with Claude Helffer in Paris, Ursula Oppens at Chicago’s Northwestern University, with Liisa Pohjola in Finland and with Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.

Ralph van Raat’s playing combines powerful projection with a neo-Romantic sensibility, focusing on important details while rarely losing sight of the music’s dynamic swell and sweep. Gramophone Magazine

In addition to winning 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 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, the Prijs Klassiek (Classics Prize) of the Dutch public broadcaster, NTR, and The Ovation 2019.

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