Following studies in civil engineering and architecture at Louvain-le-Neuve and his dissertation on “Music and Architecture” for which he obtained Grand Distinction, Michel Keustermans went on study recorder at the Conservatoire Royal of Brussels in the class of Frederic de Roos, as well as graduating in chamber music and history of music. With his baroque ensemble La Cetra d’Orfeo he unceasingly explores an innovative world where he mixes many artistic disciplines (poetry, painting, dance, shadow play, juggling and theatre) performing concerts with original themes.
For many years, Michel Keustermans designs each concert program as a creation, a composition in itself. New concepts are reinvented every time, reworked, both in terms of the content of their original formatting. Why he partnered with many artistic personalities, all disciplines who want to follow in his steps, sometimes out of the box. He manages to capture the public with simple and convivial presentations appreciated by all. A keen and enthusiastic pedagogue, he teaches the recorder and chamber music at the Academy of Waterloo. He is often called upon to direct orchestras of young students and professionals in opera projects or symphonic concerts with children’s choirs. As a composer, he regularly presents to the public and his students new works for choirs, soloists and orchestras increasingly influenced by traditional music and jazz.