Rémy Bélanger de Beauport

violoncelliste improvisateur | free improv cellist


The musical equivalent of Harry Houdini
— The Whole Note
Prodigieusement nietzschéen
— Kateri Lemmens

Free-improv cellist and composer Rémy Bélanger de Beauport’s artistic practice as an experimental musician dates back to his teenage years. Influenced by Charlotte Moorman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, NIRVANA, he plays and records solo, duo, trio up to large ensemble since the early aughts His approach is based on the body, intuition and interaction, sound textures and an intense focus on unfolding structures.

Rémy Bélanger de Beauport is currently based in Québec City, Canada where he directs EMIQ Ensemble de musique improvisée de Québec and collaborates with dance, poetry and performance art. An occasional performer of written music, he specializes in alternative notations and extended techniques for cello and excels as a conductor of improvisers’ orchestras. He graduated in composition, music theory and mathematics, plays over 500 concerts in Canada, USA, Germany, Mexico, France and Italy with Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Joane Hétu, Ensemble SuperMusique, GGRIL and takes free improv masterclasses with Joëlle Léandre, Fred Frith, Tristan Honsinger. In 2023, Rémy Bélanger de Beauport is awarded a CALQ half-year residency at the Studio du Québec à New York.