Ruud Wiener, born in Holland, was a student at the Tilburg and Rotterdam Conservatory in Holland. He studied piano and percussion. Contact with David Friedman led to further emphasis on the vibraphone.
Ruud was employed at the Rotterdam and Maastricht Conservatory as mallet instructor between 1981 and 1991. His first compositions are compiled in two volumes, titled Six Solos for Vibraphone, which have become a standard in mallet percussion music.
His teaching credits were confirmed by invitations from many European conservatories and from the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. Since 2003 he has been invited by several American universities and conservatories, such as Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music NYC, Berklee College of Music in Boston, University of Toledo and Ithaca College. He was a founding member of the New Percussion Group of Amsterdam, for which group he still composes. With this group he was closely involved as composer, performer and producer in the CD production Go Between, on which he can be heard in his composition "Go Between", featuring british drummer Bill Bruford, and Japanese marimba player Keiko Abe in the premiere of Marimba Spiritual by Minoru Miki, which piece was specially written for the group and Keiko Abe. Both compositions were premiered at the legendary Concert Gebouw Hall in Amsterdam and have become standards worldwide. Several leading Percussion Groups play his compositions; among them The Percussion Group Amsterdam, the Swiss Percussion Ensemble, Amores (Spain), Synergy from Australia, Ju Percussion Group of Taiwan. etc.
His performing credits include work with orchestras like The Concertgebouw Orchestra, contemporary ensembles like the Xenakis Ensemble and outstanding performing artists like Fritz Hauser, Keiko Abe and Bill Bruford. Many performances on local and national European radio and TV broadcasting. Several performances with modern dance groups, several commissions for compositions. Many improvisation performances with several artists. Theatre tours with Dutch Pop Percussion Group Slagerij van Kampen, and composer of some of the van Kampen's musical works as well. Besides performing and teaching presently through Europe, the US, South- and Central America and China, Ruud Wiener publishes his own compositions.
Five Marimba Dances for Aninya is a collection of four mallet solos scored for 4.3 octave marimba. These short pieces can stand as recital pieces for players who are just learning four mallet techniques or can be used as exercises in sight reading and transposition for advanced players.