Sven Kestel was born in 1966 in Stuttgart. He studied double bass with Thomas Stabenow, visited the Swiss Jazz School in Bern and continued his double bass studies with Wolfgang Stert at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. He has attended master classes given by Ludwig Streicher (Vienna), Klaus Stoll (Berlin) and Michinori Bunya (Würzburg). He is a founding member of Ensemble SurPlus. Guest appearances in Switzerland, Luxemburg, the Ukraine, Austria, Russia, Greece, Italy, Indonesia, Korea, Ecuador and America. Since 1996 a member of the Tangoensemble Guardia Vieja. From 1997 to 1998 bassist in the Philharmonisches Orchester in Freiburg. From 1998 to 2000 he was part of the orchestra for the musical “Die Schöne und das Biest” in Stuttgart, and since 1999 solo bassist in the basel sinfonietta. He works with diverse orchestra, ensembles for cantemporary music and jazz and tango bands.