Ralph van Raat appears both as a recitalist and a concerto performer around the world. He pursues his special interest in the performance of contemporary classical music actively, having worked closely with composers including John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Jonathan Harvey, Tan Dun, György Kurtág, Magnus Lindberg, Arvo Pärt, Thomas Adès, Sir John Tavener and Frederic Rzewski. Many works have been composed especially for him by, among others, David Lang, Tan Dun and Gavin Bryars. Many of his concerts are broadcast on radio and television. He has been given his own concert series in his home in The Netherlands: at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and De Doelen in Rotterdam.
Mr van Raat has performed at important international festivals and he tours (Europe, China, the USA) with regularity. Since December 2006, Mr van Raat has had an exclusive contract with Naxos, often receiving top ratings from the press for his releases. His second CD, Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated was labelled a ‘Benchmark CD’ in BBC Music Magazine and ‘Highly Recommended’ by Gramophone. Mr van Raat’s recording of Arvo Pärt’s piano music received a 5/5-star rating in BBC Music Magazine. The Rzewski recording, plus those of the complete piano works by Adams, Bryars and Tavener all ranked among the top 20 bestselling Naxos albums worldwide, resulting in the publication of an Artist Portrait CD-box in 2009.
Ralph van Raat teaches contemporary piano music interpretation at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He regularly gives masterclasses, lectures and workshops. He graduated Cum Laude as a musicologist from the University of Amsterdam; he not only performs but also lectures and writes on contemporary music.
Ralph van Raat is a Steinway Artist.