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 WijnaldaBusiness 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 JaxonCompetition 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 MaenenVolunteers
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

Hartmut Haenchen

Janine Jansen
Violinist, soloist

François Leleux
Hoboist, soloist, professor at the Musikhochschule München

Quinten Peelen
Director of the International Franz Liszt Piano Contest in Utrecht

Christoph Poppen
Chef conductor of the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern

Edward Witsenburg
Harpist, former professor of the Mozarteum Universität in Salzburg

Désirée Majoor
Vice-voorzitter College van Bestuur van het HKU

Jan van Zanen
Mayor of Utrecht