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Background information:

Born April 19, 1976 (1976-04-19) (age 32) Origin Netherlands Genre(s) Symphonic metal Occupation(s) Musician Instrument(s) Guitar, mandolin, dobro Associated acts Within Temptation

Early life

Ruud is an only child. Growing up, he first initiated himself to music by playing the keyboards, but his passion for music developed in favor of the guitar soon after he watched a video of an Iron Maiden concert. Thus, after he was done with high school, Ruud attended the conservatory… read more

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