Ruud van Eeten received his B.A. in Trombone, Theory of Music, and Orchestral Conducting from the Brabant Conservatory in Tilburg, The Netherlands, and his M.A. in orchestral conducting from the Royal Conservatory The Hague, rounding off his studies conducting the Limburg Symphony Orchestra.
In 2002 he won the Bernard Haitink award, and was appointed assistant conductor at the Limburg Symphony Orchestra for one year. He also assisted Ed Spanjaard, Micha Hamel, Kenneth Montgomery, and Jac van Steen, and took master classes with Georg Fritsch, Marc Soustrot, and Roberto Benzi.
He lead several ensembles and orchestras such as the Nieuw-Ensemble and Ensemble Multifoon, the latter in collaboration with the Aurelia saxophone quartet. In November 2003 he was appointed artistic leader and conductor of Ensemble Multifoon.
He conducted Purcell's opera 'Dido and Aeneas' at the Brabant Conservatory.
During the Steve Reich Festival in 2003 Ruud van Eeten was a guest conductor at the Royal Conservatory The Hague. At the Traces Festival in 2002 till 2005 he was a guest conductor and gave concerts with Ensemble Multifoon, Ensembles from the Conservatory of Tilburg and 'Die Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart'. From January till March 2004 he was assistant at the 'Opéra National de Lyon' in France, and in June 2004 he was second conductor of the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra during the Holland Festival. During the summer period of 2005 Ruud van Eeten was musical director of the festival opera 'Tijdvaarders', written by the Dutch composer Gerard Beljon, and performed by the famous orchestra 'De Volharding' and in January 2006 he was assistant conductor during the opera 'Turandot', with the 'Nationale Reisopera'.
In 2007 he was guest-conductor with the Musikcollegium Winthertur Switzerland and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic.
In 2008 he toured Indonesia with an ensemble from Het Brabants Orkest.
As a composer, Ruud van Eeten wrote a trombone concerto for the principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which was performed with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra. He composed works for orchestra De Volharding and the New Trombone Collective. By assignment from Tilburg University he wrote a piece for choir and orchestra based on Shakespeare's The Tempest.
In 2004 his piece Marianne was first performed in Tilburg at the Traces Festival. For this composition he received the Anjer Muziek award.
His concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra was premiered by the Aurelia and the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, a commission by the 'Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst'. The 'Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst' also commissioned him to write a new piece for the New Trombone Collective, which was premiered in 2007 during the International Trombone Festival in Rotterdam. In 2009 his first opera 'King William II', will be premiered in Tilburg.
In March 2006, Ruud van Eeten was appointed artistic and financial director of the Music centre De Toonzaal, in Den Bosch (Netherlands). Besides programming, he is also involved in lectures, workshops, festivals and competitions.