(b. 19 August 1971, Brussels).
Belgian composer of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed in Europe.
Mr. De Ruysscher initially studied harpsichord building and lute building with Geert Vermeiren. He then studied composition with Brian Elias, jazz guitar with Ivor Goldberg and jazz harmony with Merlin Rhys-Jones and Ed Speight at the Musicians Institute of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1993–94. He also studied music theory at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and film scoring with Marco Werba at the International Music Institute in Rome in 1999.
He is also active in other positions. He briefly worked as music critic for a newspaper in Flanders and has written articles and essays for CinéQuaNon and Soundtrack. He is a frequent contributor to Film Score Monthly. He has worked as a press officer for the festival Ars Musica in Brussels, as a librarian for the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, as a scientific researcher at the Musée des instruments de musique in Brussels, and as communications manager for deFilharmonie in Antwerp.
He taught guitar at the Kessel-Lo Music Workshop De Vlier and lectured on film music at the Université libre de Bruxelles in 1997–98.
In addition to the works listed below, Mr. De Ruysscher has composed scores for more than 40 films for students attending the film programmes at different academies, colleges and universities in Belgium since 1995.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS
Scherzo du ballet Psyché, organ, 1998
Quicksandpaper Part I (ballet music), 8 clarinets, 1999
Felix (genetic opera, libretto by the composer), soloists, small orchestra, 1991–2004
Ferguut (opera, libretto by the composer), soloists, orchestra, 2004
Danse des Naïades, 1996
Sunset in the Far West and other Movie Favorites, 1993–2001
Burgundic Dances, large orchestra, 2001
Cheese Concertino, 2002
Symphonic Studies for 'Felix' and 'Ferguut', 2003–04
Nosferatu, string quartet, 1995
Palazzo, oboe d'amore, ensemble (flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord, 2 violins, any number of cellos, any number of double basses), 1996
Cave of Swimmers, oud (lute from the Middle East), 1998
Theme, Variations and Fugue, any number of players, 1995–2000
Victoria, alto recorder, electric piano, 2000
Still-Los, 8 pens, 2002
Méandres, any number of players, 2002–03
Pandemie, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, synthesizer/fixed media, 2002–03
duerF, violin, piano, 2003
Het Meisje Kijkt, flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 French horns, trumpet, harp, cello, double bass, piano, celesta, xylophone, 2004
Mass, 2 equal voices, 1994
Max and the Bear (music story, text by the composer), speaker, small orchestra, 1999–2001
Mi pare di abitare da queste parti, 2001
Le Miniaturiste, 1997
Nebula 1, fixed media, 1996