Ravel at the heart

  • Ruben Tekelenburg / Classical Music

At the age of six, Ruben Tekelenburg started playing keyboard and at 12, he exchanged the keyboard for a piano. Ruben completed the ArtEZ external preparatory course in Deventer. There, he was introduced to the idea of an ensemble, and he formed a trio that exists to this day: Trio Cantares. During this time, Ruben also made it to the semi-finals of the national Prinses Christina Concours, where he didn’t quite make it through to the finals, but received an honourable mention.


Ruben: ‘For my final exam, I played pieces by Brahms, Andriessen, and Ravel, as well as original pieces. It had been clear for some time that I wanted to play Ravel’s Ondine, and my lecturer encouraged me to also study the two additional movements from that piece. This formed the “heart” of my final exam. I compose myself and have wanted to write for Trio Cantares for quite some time, so I seized this opportunity! And, together with three beautiful Intermezzi by Brahms, and a short-but-powerful toccata by Andriessen, my final exam was complete: a highly-personalised programme that I could feel proud of!’


Ruben studied at Sepp Grotenhuis. He graduated with a 9, and will continue on with the Master’s programme. Aside from piano, Ruben will also immerse himself in composition and choral conducting in his Master’s.


Click the link to listen to a sound clip of his graduation project.