Remy van Kesteren

Remy van Kesteren won the US International Harp Competition 2013,
the largest harp competition in the world, has reached 500,000
visitors during the Night of the Proms and has taken on numerous
ambitious projects, including a collaboration with the famous ballet
choreographer, Hans van Manen, in 2014. At the age of five, Remy
was lured off the swing by a mysterious sound from an open window
– the sound of the harp. Aged ten, he entered the Conservatory of
Utrecht and before he had finished his studies with the highest
distinction, he could already look back on two successful editions of
his own Dutch Harp Festival. Remy attributes his rapidly developing
career to his former teacher, Erika Waardenburg, the purveyor of the
Dutch harp scene. He does not feel bound to ‘prevailing ideas’ about
the harp.
Remy van Kesteren (1989) is regarded a world-class harp talent and one of the most adventurous
harpists of the moment. At the age of ten, he was admitted to the Conservatory of Utrecht in the
class of Erika Waardenburg where he graduated with the highest distinction in 2010. He further
pursued his studies at the Conservatoire Natoinal Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he worked
with the famous harpist Isabelle Moretti. In 2012, Remy received his master diploma ‘summa cum
laude’ at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. At age twenty, Remy founded the Dutch Harp Festival, of
which three successful editions have taken place in Utrecht. The Festival will be held for the fourth
time in 2016.
Remy van Kesteren is only 28, but has already won numerous prizes. In 2013, he won the US
International Harp Competition, one of the largest and most prestigious harp competitions in the
world. In June 2016, Remy received the Dutch Music Prize, the highest accolade that can be awarded
by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) to a musician working in the field of
classical music. Previously, Remy was proclaimed Dutch Music Talent of 2009 and received the
Elisabeth Everts Prize (2012) and the Grachtenfestival Prize (2013), as well as first prizes at the Dutch
Harp Competition and the Princess Christina Competition. He has also won prizes in International
Harp Competitions in Moscow (2008) and Israel (2009). In 2012, Remy toured the Netherlands as a
laureate of Dutch Classical Talent, a stimulation project of the Royal Concertgebouw and Radio 4.
His many prizes have resulted in worldwide concerts, from Europe to the US, Asia, South-America
and Africa. He made his debut in the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam with the Dutch Chamber
Orchestra at the early age of sixteen. The year before, Remy played at the baptism of Princess Amalia
and performed a concert at Carnegie Hall (New York). In 2011, he was Young Artist in Residence at
the NJO Muziekzomer in Gelderland and in 2012, Remy toured the Netherlands, Belgium,
Luxembourg and Germany in the famous ‘Night of the Proms’ concert tour. As its only classical artist,
he performed alongside celebrated pop artists such as Anastacia and legendary group The Jacksons.
500,000 visitors were captivated by his performance of Smetana’s The Moldau. In the 2015-2016
season, Remy performed in major halls across Europe as part of the international Rising Stars
European tour, at the invitation of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Especially for this programme,
Remy arranged Federico Mompou’s Musica Callada for himself and trumpeter Eric Vloeimans.

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In 2012, Remy released his first solo-CD Remy, with works by Smetana, Holliger, Bach, Shostakovich
and Renié. In 2014, his second CD Memento was released. For this disc, Remy chose music from
Spain and Brazil and invited composer Martin Fondse to write new works that merged with the
expressivity of these compositions. His third CD Tomorrow Eyes was released in January 2016,
featuring mostly his own compositions. Tomorrow Eyes is a new, thrilling adventure. Creating
something previously non-existent. As befits a true adventurer, he chooses his path off the beaten
track. He collaborates with saxophone players and pianists, but new songs may emerge just as well
from jam sessions, during traffic jams, at a dentist appointment. Remy crosses boundaries between
genres and thus creates a new musical world.
On June 1st, 2016, Remy and his band, supplemented by several guest musicians, premiered his
Tomorrow Eyes programme at the renowned pop music venue Paradiso Amsterdam, to a resounding
success. Following this, Remy and his band were taking the programme on a tour to festivals, pop venues and music halls across the Netherlands, both in a solo setting as well as with a complete four-piece band.
venues and music halls across the Netherlands, both in a solo setting as well as with a complete four-piece band.