Remy van Kesteren has won the Grachtenfestival Prize 2013. The prize consists of a performance in the Hermitage in St Petersburg (Russia) in 2014. Van Kesteren will be presented with the press prize by chair of the jury Biëlla Luttmer on Thursday 22 October.
This is Van Kesteren’s second major award within the space of a month, as he previously won first prize at the USA International Harp Competition 2013. This prize consists of a harp worth 55,000 US dollars, a series of concerts and a CD recording. Van Kesteren will be performing in the Dutch National Ballet’s programme Dutch Doubles, in April 2014.
Besides Biëlla Luttmer (De Volkskrant), the jury comprised Frederike Berntsen (Trouw) and Hans Visser (HDC Media). Luttmer expressed the jury’s opinion as follows: “We all know that the harp can sound poetic, but that harp-playing can also be devilish, shrewd and venomous, as displayed by Remy van Kesteren, we did not yet know”.
You can listen to Remy van Kesteren in mid-April in the Dutch National Ballet’s programme Dutch Doubles, in which he will be playing the music for the new ballet that Hans van Manen, resident choreographer with the company, is creating for the Dutch National Ballet.