Boombal 2016
Photo (c) : Sofie Verstraete

Communicating through the arts

Remi Kesteman is a professional cello player with deep european roots. Belgian, Portuguese, musician, martial artist, dance teacher, globe trotter, language lover, his many backgrounds allow him to easily connect with a variety of cultures.

Specialised in early music and having a vast experience in traditional european culture, arts are, to him, the means to bring people together in a common identity, sharing their differences as a source of strength, to make living together a constructive and gratifying experience.


As a cellist in early music orchestras & ensembles

  • Scherzi Musicali, The Antwerp Baroque Orchestra, Les Agrémens, Concerto Ibérico, Concert de L’hostel Dieu, Contágio Barroco, Hyphen, Les Plaisirs Nomades

As a musician in trad & folk music groups

  • Fahrenheit, Deu La Deu, Girasol

As a dance teacher

  • Founder of the folk venues “Keep Calm & Folk Away” and “ESMAE Folk”, in Porto
  • Guest teacher in several venues in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Poland
  • In festivals: Andanças, Tradidanças (PT), Gennetines (FR), Boombal Festival (BE), Venezia Balla (IT), Prague Balfolk Weekend & Prague Balfolk Immersion (CZ), Lovembal, Balfolk.pl (PL), Dennefeest, Cadansa (NL), …

As a music teacher

  • In Lyon, France: Ecole de Musique de Neuville-sur-Saône, Centre Musical et Artistique de Saint-Genis-Laval, SESLM La Mulatière, Ecole de Musique de Francheville
  • In Porto, Portugal: Escola de Música de Santa Cecília da Areosa, Projecto Músicos d’Ouro
  • Masterclasses in music schools in Portugal, Spain, France and Belgium

As an aikido instructor

  • Korpus Health Club, Matosinhos
  • ESMAE Dojo


2019 : Winner of the “Mathilde Horlait Dapsens” chamber music contest

2019 : Master’s Degree (with high honours) in baroque cello – Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles – in the class of Hervé Douchy

2017 : Bachelor in early music – Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo do Porto (ESMAE) – in the class of Marco Ceccato

2015 : Official Grade I Aikido Instructor by the Portuguese Federation of Aikido (FPA)

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