Early Music

Picture (c) : Ricardo Leite

Remi Kesteman started his studies in 1995 under the tutelage of Jaroslav Mikus, in Portugal. In 2012, after meeting the italian cellist Marco Ceccato, he started his early music studies at the “Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo” (ESMAE) of Porto, where he obtained his bachelor in 2017. In the same year, he enrolled in the “Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles”, in the class of Hervé Douchy, concluding his master degree with high honours in 2019.

During his studies and career, he followed the teachings of cello players such as Marie Hallynck, Paulo Gaio Lima, Rainer Zipperling and Stefano Veggetti. He also worked with several ensembles (Scherzi Musicali, Les Agrémens, Antwerp Baroque Orchestra and Concerto Ibérico, amongst others), under the direction of musicians such as Amandine Beyer, Ketil Haugsand, Guy van Waas, Nicolas Achten and João Paulo Janeiro.

He’s also the winner of the 2019 Mathilde Horlait Dapsens chamber music contest.

Scherzi Musicali at the Osterfestival Tirol I musik +, Hall in Tirol, 2019

Specialised Skills

  • bowed bass accompaniment in 17th and 18th centuries in different countries (Italy, France, Germany and England)
  • 4 and 5 stringed cello and basso di violino (tunings: G-d-a-e’, C-G-d-a, C-G-d-g, C-G-d-a-e’, C-G-d-a-d’, Bb-F-C-g-c)
  • 18th century Italian repertoire for cello

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A group inspired by baroque music and by historical research that aims to create and develop new contexts for the musical and artistic performance.

Les Plaisirs Nomades

Winners of the 2019 “Mathilde Horlait Dapsens” chamber music competition in Brussels, the group aims to dive deep in baroque repertoire and immerse the audience in their musical travels.

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