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Peter Ritzen (b1956)

Peter Ritzen was born in the historic Flemish city of Ghent, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music, achieving First Prize with Highest Honours in piano and chamber music. His principal teachers were Louis Pas in piano and François Glorieux in chamber music. He continued his studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Tatyana Nikolayeva (Moscow) and later graduated from the Alfred Cortot Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with the Diplôme Supérieure d’Exécutionin piano. His teacher at this time was Marian Ribicky, a famous and respected pedagogue.

Peter Ritzen continues the long tradition of the composer-pianist. As a composer his contact with Chinese culture has had a great impact on his creativity, and he has conceived a whole repertoire based upon this Sino-European relationship. Through his association with Naxos he has released several recordings of his own compositions, namely his Piano ConcertoThe Last Empress’, Chinese Violin Rhapsody, and Chinese Requiem with the Shanghai Philharmonic. In 2005, and in a more ecumenical tone, his Grand SymphonyHeavenly Peace’ was presented in an acclaimed world première concert in the Taipei National Concert Hall.



Shostakovich – Symphony No. 14 - Petrenko


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