Ruud Jolie is the main guitar player of the symphonic metal band Within Temptation. Ruud scored several top 10 hits in throughout Europe with this band and also he received 19 gold and platinum records from around the world.
Ruud attended the conservatory for his college education majoring in jazz guitar. He graduated in 1999. Ruud started out by playing with several local bands. He joined “Brotherhood Foundation”, a nu-metal band whom he stayed with for a period of two years. When Brotherhood Foundation was playing at the 1998 “Dynamo” festival in the Czech Republic, Ruud met Within Temptation who were also playing there.
Ruud is a part of Within Temptation since december 2001. He scored several top 10 hits in throughout Europe with this band. He’s done many tours as well: Europe, Japan, United States and the Middle East. He watched festival audiences from pretty much every main stage from every festival. The last 4 albums and live DVD’s have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. There fore they earned Gold and Platinum awards in a couple of countries (Benelux,Germany, Finland, Russia, Portugal and Spain).
In September 2007, Ruud announced his plans for a solo project, entitled “For All We Know”. After a couple of years of working on it (between all the other stuff he’s doing) he released the album monday april 25th 2011 and has sold in over 30 countries already… In october and november 2009 he toured with DWB (Damian Wilson Band) consisting of Damian Wilson, Kristoffer Gildenlöw, Dirk Bruinenberg and Chris Mars.
In december 2010 he released the first Maiden uniteD album which he co-produced. This album consists of totally re-arranged acoustic versions of Iron Maiden’s Piece of Mind album from 1983.
Ruud received 19 gold and platinum records from around the world. He won 6 TMF Awards, 2 ‘World Music Awards’, MTV Award and many more.