Board of Directors
Remy van Kesteren – Artistic Director
Remy has been the visionary behind the Dutch Harp Festival since its inception. He is responsible for the artistic and conceptual dimensions of the production: planning the contents of the festival and competition as well as booking the guest artists and creative partners. His work creating this festival closely ties in with his international career as a concert harpist.
Gert Wijnalda – Business Director
Gert has been involved with the Dutch Harp Festival since its beginnings in 2010 and has served in many capacities, including as board member and business director for the 2012 and 2016 editions. Besides the Dutch Harp Festival, he is general manager of IT-businesses RedAnt and Prometech from Utrecht.
Elizabeth Jaxon – Competition Director
Elizabeth has served in multiple roles—blogger, photographer, media correspondent, performer—for the Dutch Harp Festival since its first edition. Drawing from her experience as a veteran of many international harp competitions, she aims to make the Dutch Harp Competition in 2016 an incredible experience for everyone involved.
Sanne Bouman – Production
After her first DHF experience in 2014, Sanne is once again on board for the 2016 Festival. She’s in charge of everything having to do with getting the right things and people to the right place at the right moment.
Annemarie Maenen – Volunteers
Annemarie started off as a DHF volunteer and is now in charge of coordinating volunteers and internal communications.
Board of Trustees
Henk de Breij, chairman
Former Director at EPP Public Relations
Ingmar Baas, treasurer
Bruggink & Van der Velden attorneys & tax advisers
Veronica Martinez Sobrino, secretary
Executive Assistant of the executive board of the University of Utrecht
Maarten van Hezik, member
General Director at STABU
Hans Kuperus, member
Cabinet Chief of the Mayor of Utrecht
Christianne Noordermeer Van Loo, member
Founder of The Company of NNBC
Committee of Recommendation
Floris de Gelder
Director Utrecht Science Park
John van Haaren
Regional Managing Director Benelux at Unibail-Rodamco
Hoboist, soloist, professor at the Musikhochschule München
Director of the International Franz Liszt Piano Contest in Utrecht
Chef conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern
Harpist, former professor of the Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg
Vice-voorzitter College van Bestuur van het HKU
Jan van Zanen
Mayor of Utrecht