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Ruud Roelofsen (*16-11-1985, Rhenen NL) is a composer currently based in Chicago (USA). He is attending Northwestern University for a PhD in composition after studying classical percussion in the conservatories of Arnhem (NL), Brussels (B) and Münster (D).

Ruud received masterclasses in composition with Dmitri Kourliandski, Carola Bauckholt, Hanna Hartman, Tristan Murail, Mark André, Hèctor Parra, Bryn Harrison, Martin Schüttler, Bernard Cavanna, Ted Hearne and Martijn Padding.

As a composer he has worked with Het Vers Ensemble (NL), the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (RUS), Orkest de Ereprijs (NL), Gyre Ensemble (CH), Flubax Trio (LT), Ensemble Polygon (CH), Ensemble Soundinitiative (Fr), Parallel Asteroid (D), Ensemble Spaziomusica (it), FRAMES percussion (Esp), aTonal Hits (USA), Platypus Ensemble (At), 20º dans le noir (Fr), Kroiser Ensemble (Ukr), Bart de Vrees (NL), Dario Calderone (It), a.o.

His music has been performed in festivals like the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, NL), Musica Viva Festival Lissabon (Pt), Sirga Festival (Flix, Esp), Ferienkurse für neue Musik (Darmstadt, D), MIXTUR Barcelona (Esp), Young Composers Meeting (Apeldoorn, NL), MUSICAPOI (Cagliari, It), Kiev Contemporary Music Days (Ukr), Florida International Toy Piano Festival (USA), and the IX International Composers Academy in Tschaikovsky City (RUS).

Ruud is the recipient of the 2020 William T. Faricy Award, awarded by Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music for rimpelingen. In 2012 he received the “Ingeborg Köberle” award as highly promising student and for his exceptional performance skill in the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 2013 he was selected for the “Young Composers Meeting” in Apeldoorn. In 2013 he was a finalist for the famous Luigi Russolo Award. In 2015 he attended Matrix15 at SWR Experimentalstudio in Freiburg (D). In 2005 Ruud won the composition project of the Dutch Ensemble “Orkest de Ereprijs” and in 2011 he was a semi-finalist in the Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition. In 2013 he took part in the International Ensemble Modern Academy in the Klangspuren Festival led by Ensemble Modern Frankfurt (D).