IN 2018, THE DUTCH HARP FESTIVAL is introducing a new kind of international harp competition, in a daring format that’s never been done before. Since its first edition, in 2010, the Dutch Harp Competition has stood out for its commitment to integrity, prioritizing the interests of its competitors, and its fresh sense of creativity. It has been praised for both its world-class professionalism and its welcoming and supportive atmosphere. We are now making a bold break from tradition, and we invite you to join us in an exciting new direction.
We will begin by bringing the competition to you. The Quarterfinals will be held across three different continents: Europe, America, and Asia. Our jury of talent scouts will travel the world to find the most promising performing artists.
Freedom of Expression
What’s the required repertoire? There is none! Instead, we’re inviting you to create your own original program and show us what makes you unique. We don’t even care what kind of harp you play or what style of music you choose. As long as you have something to communicate to the world, you are welcome: classical pedal harpist, electric jazz harpists, folk harpists… Dream up your ideal program and come pitch it to us.
This is the Real World
Semifinalists will be invited to perform their original program in its entirety at the Dutch Harp Festival – travel expenses included – and three finalists will be featured in a closing Gala Concert. Unlike traditional competitions, we want to consider each performer as a complete artist, and we’re less interested in who can execute a set piece to the highest level of precision. After all, let’s keep sight of the true reason we make music – to connect, to express that which cannot be said any other way, and through this expression to touch our listeners. [Read more under Mission]
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