New Zealand born Artist-Teacher Ralph van der Beek is an
Assistant Professor of Piano at Weber State University, where he
teaches piano literature, music theory, ear-training, master
classes, and award-winning piano students. Prior to his
appointment at Weber, Dr. van der Beek served as Assistant
Professor of Piano at Utah State University for over ten years,
during which he directed the USU Youth Conservatory, a
nationally recognized program serving three hundred young
pianists each year. During his tenure at USU he regularly
team-taught piano students with Gary Amano, the leading teacher
in national MTNA competition winners. Dr. van der Beek also
directed USU summer piano clinics and founded the Cool Classics
Concert Series at the University.
His students have won first
prize in major competitions in Utah and have performed with
leading symphonies in the western United States. Dr. van der
Beek graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music from Utah
State University. He graduated from prestigious
music schools with a Master of Music from Indiana
University and a Doctor of
Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of
Southern California. His cognate and minor degrees include
Composition, Piano Pedagogy and Music Theory. He studied with
world-renowned teachers including concert pianist James Tocco,
Pulitzer Prize winner Wayne Petersen, Robert Moore, Stewart
Gordon and Gary Amano.
Dr. van der Beek has performed in the
United States and Europe featuring both solo and duo piano
repertoire. He is a sought-after teacher, adjudicator, and
lecturer, and he has
presented in many conferences including the World Piano Pedagogy
Conference, the International Conference of Humanities, Arts and
Social Sciences, the International French Music Conference, the
Utah Symphony Guild and the Gina Bachauer Foundation. He
regularly presents lectures and master classes throughout
Utah and Idaho. In addition to his college piano students, Dr.
van der Beek maintains a thriving private studio of young
pianists who come from across Utah for weekly piano instruction.
His hobbies include basketball, racquetball and tennis. Ralph is
married to Rebecca Bigelow and they have six children.