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Remy van
Kesteren

Harp

Remy van Kesteren is one of today’s greatest talents on the harp.The Dutchman is a highly sought-after soloist and chamber musician, as well as the founder and artistic director of the Dutch Harp Festival. In 2016, he won the prestigious Dutch Music Prize.

Van Kesteren studied with Erika Waardenburg at the Utrecht Conservatory and with Isabelle Moretti at the Conservatoire de Paris. In 2012, he obtained his master’s degree with the highest honours at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Van Kesteren played in New York’s Carnegie Hall at the age of fifteen and made his debut in the Main hall of The Concertgebouw the following year. Having won many awards and competitions, he performed all over the world, from Europe to the United States, Japan and Africa.

Since 2015, Van Kesteren has been exploring other genres such as pop, minimal music and improvisation. He created his own world with his compositions; a blend of electronic music, neo-classical minimal, alternative and triphop influences, where the boundaries between genres evaporate. In collaboration with the harp builder Salvi, he also developed the Réus 49. The new instrument has 49 instead of 47 strings and can be played acoustically as well as electronically.

In the 2020/21 season, Remy van Kesteren appears with the Concertgebouworkest for the first time.

Remy van Kesteren is one of today’s greatest talents on the harp.The Dutchman is a highly sought-after soloist and chamber musician, as well as the founder and artistic director of the Dutch Harp Festival. In 2016, he won the prestigious Dutch Music Prize.

Van Kesteren studied with Erika Waardenburg at the Utrecht Conservatory and with Isabelle Moretti at the Conservatoire de Paris. In 2012, he obtained his master’s degree with the highest honours at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.

Van Kesteren played in New York’s Carnegie Hall at the age of fifteen and made his debut in the Main hall of The Concertgebouw the following year. Having won many awards and competitions, he performed all over the world, from Europe to the United States, Japan and Africa.

Since 2015, Van Kesteren has been exploring other genres such as pop, minimal music and improvisation. He created his own world with his compositions; a blend of electronic music, neo-classical minimal, alternative and triphop influences, where the boundaries between genres evaporate. In collaboration with the harp builder Salvi, he also developed the Réus 49. The new instrument has 49 instead of 47 strings and can be played acoustically as well as electronically.

In the 2020/21 season, Remy van Kesteren appears with the Concertgebouworkest for the first time.