Answers to any question about the competition can be found in the competition Rules & Regulations. We recommend for all applicants to read this document. However, for your convenience, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Can I apply to more than one Quarterfinal location?

When you submit your application, you will be able to indicate an order of preference for the locations that are offered. We expect that most people will only be able to attend the location that is closest for them, but if you are willing to attend any other location, let us know on your application form! Of course, you are only permitted to perform once in the Quarterfinals.

I play folk harp / electric harp / Paraguayan harp. Will there be a harp for me to use at the competition?

We will try our best to provide harps for anyone who requests to use a competition harp. Just let us know on your application form what kind of harp you would need. Some harps are easier to find than others, however, so if you play a unique type of harp, we may only be able to provide a close approximation.

Can I bring my own harp?

Yes! In the past, competitors were required to perform only on official competition harps. Now, since we are opening up the competition to all kinds of harps, we will also allow anyone to bring their own harp if they wish, and that includes pedal harps.

What do I have to prepare for the Quarterfinals?

In the Quarterfinals, you will give a 15-minute pitch of your original program. The purpose of this pitch is to give the jury a clear idea of what they can expect from you if they are admitted to the Semifinals. The pitch must be presented in English and include at least 10 minutes of performance on a harp. You may also choose to distribute supporting material as part of your pitch (e.g. program notes or flyers), but you are limited to one (1) item. This is entirely optional. Otherwise, the design of the pitch is up to you!

What are you looking for in an “original program”?

The Original Program is an adventurous new concept that sets the DHF World Harp Competition apart from all other harp competitions. Rather than asking competitors to prepare a set of required repertoire, we invite everyone to design their own program. Approach it as if you were designing a concert program. Think about your unique strengths as a musician and what you would like to express artistically. Think about what kind of experience you want to create for the audience. The jury will be looking for the best all-around performer: technically, musically, and artistically. We are curious to see what you come up with!

Can I include other performers in my program?

Just like you would for a normal concert, you are welcome to program music that includes other performers or invite colleagues to collaborate with you, as long as the main feature of the program remains you playing the harp. How much collaboration should you do? We don’t have an answer for this, but keep in mind both the costs and the benefits. Collaboration can add dynamic to your performance, but more doesn’t always mean better. And involving extra people can bring in fresh ideas, but it also incurs extra expenses, which are not covered by the Dutch Harp Festival. It’s up to you to strike the right balance.

Can I come with my harp quartet?

In the special case of a program that involves multiple harps, the short answer is yes, but it’s a bit more complicated than that, so keep reading. You cannot actually apply as a group, since there can be only one contestant per application. So if you wanted to perform as a harp quartet (for example), then you would have to select one member to represent you as the official competition contestant. However, keep in mind that if you are selected for the semifinals, there will be travel and accommodation provided only for the main contestant.

Will my travel to the Quarterfinals be covered by the competition?

No, unfortunately, we cannot reimburse travel or arrange accommodation at the Quarterfinal locations. We will only cover travel for the Semifinalists invited to perform at the Dutch Harp Festival.