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11th USA International Harp Competition
2019 US Intern'l Harp Competition - Remy van Kesteren
Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 7:00PM

Buskirk-Chumely Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408


Award-winning harpist Remy van Kesteren presents a musically and visually stunning performance featuring material from his most recent album, ShadowsIn creating Shadows, Remy sought to create his own universe. After a three-year musical search for a new sound for this album, he emerged with a product that combines many genres - electronic, minimal, ambient, jazz, pop, world music, and classical. Of this process, Remy states:

"I wanted to reinvent myself as a musician. To do that, I abandoned my harp for almost a year. I started playing other instruments like piano and guitar, and I started singing. I was also playing a lot on synthesizer and programming software. It was a difficult time for me. Without the harp I lost all my securities. In classical music you play what is written, and play it well. But since now every note had to come from me, I was insecure about everything."

Shadows, on the Universal label, was co-produced with the English ex-DJ, singer-songwriter, and producer Fink. The music is accompanied by projections and video mapping by Blue Hour taking the audience into a poetic visual world in which to experience the music.

This event is part of the 11th USA International Harp Competition, taking place July 3 - 13, 2019. The USAIHC is the most esteemed solo harp competition in the world presenting 70+ free solo performances and three ticketed events. More information on the 11th competition can be found on their website.

This performance is sponsored by Patty and Sam Ardery. Special thanks to the Exclusive Sponsors of the 11th USA International Harp Competition: Lyon & Healy Harps, Inc. and the IU Jacobs School of Music.

Doors will open at 6:30pm for this general admission show. Anticipated run time is 85 minutes, no intermission. To qualify for the youth ticket price, you must either be 12 or younger or able to show a student ID.

About Remy van Kesteren: Remy van Kesteren was admitted to the conservatory of Utrecht at the age of ten and graduated in 2010 cum laude. He continued his education at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied with the famous harpist Isabelle Moretti. In 2012 he received his master diploma cum laude at the conservatory of Amsterdam. Van Kesteren has won various prizes, including the Gold Medal at the 9th USA International Harp Competition.

His many wins led to concerts all around the world, from Europe to the United States, Japan, and Africa. When he was sixteen he debuted the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Het Nederlands Kamerorkest. A year prior, he played on the occasion of the baptism of Princess Amalia and performed in Carnegie Hall, New York.

When he was 25, van Kesteren took his music in a new direction. He wanted to compose his own music, which led to Tomorrow Eyes (2016), the first album for which Remy composed music himself.