René van Munster

René van Munster (Amsterdam, 1989)
René is a versatile musician. As a cellist he performed in various orchestras like the Ricciotti Ensemble and the North Netherlands Orchestra, and gave many chamber music recitals throughout the Netherlands and Japan. He is a great promoter of contemporary music as a cellist with Oerknal! New Music Collective in the Hague.
Next to this he composes electronic music and music for cello and electronics. His work has been released with labels such as Chasing Unicorns (UK) and Get Physical Music (DE).
René is involved in finding unusual concert locations and performance practices. He uses improvisation in the University Hospital of Groningen as a means to facilitate pain relief with patients as well as stress relief with caretakers. He also works together regularly with artists from other disciplines.
René graduated with honors from the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen where he studied with Jan-Ype Nota and Michel Strauss and from Tokyo University of the Arts where he studied with Fumiaki Kono for which he received the Acanthus Award for excellence. His studies in Japan were supported by the Prince Bernhard Culture Fund, the Andrea Elkenbracht Fund and the Fund for Performing Arts.