Remy van Kesteren
Artistic director Remy has been the visionary behind the Dutch Harp Festival since its inception. As board member, 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.
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. Besides the Dutch Harp Festival, he is managing director of IT-businesses RedAnt and Prometech in Utrecht.
Competition director Elizabeth has served the Dutch Harp Festival in multiple roles—performer, blogger, photographer, media correspondent, and now competition director and board member—since its first edition. Drawing from her experience as a veteran of many international harp competitions, she aims to make the DHF World Harp Competition in 2020 an incredible experience for everyone involved.
Paul Hooijmans – Finance, board member
Paul is CFO for three IT organizations, and has been involved with the Dutch Harp Festival since 2012.
Marit Nijhuis – Production
Marit is in charge of making the impossible a reality. While she was involved in the production of previous editions, she is producing the entire Dutch Harp Festival for the first time in 2021. Marit is in charge of everything having to do with getting the right things and people to the right place at the right moment.
Jochem Winterwerp – Marketing
Jochem did marketing for dozens of pop concerts and festivals and is working with us since last edition. All aboard! To Planet Harp!
Tia Schutrups – PR & Press
In 2007, Tia gave up her job at The Dutch Opera to start her own communication agency and is working for several festivals, ensembles, opera and musicians ever since. Since 2012 she’s handling all the PR for Dutch Harp Festival.
Christianne Noordermeer van Loo, chairperson
Founder of The Company of NNBC
Tijn Pieren, member
Director at the DOMunder Foundation
Pim Heemskerk, member
Lawyer at Paulussen Advocaten
Henk de Breij
Former director at EPP Public Relations, former chairman of the Dutch Harp Festival (2010-2019)
Director at Lustr, Business director of Festival Classique
Maarten van Hezik
General Director at STABU
Former Cabinet Chief of the Mayor of Utrecht
Guy van Hulst
Programmer at TivoliVredenburg
Veronica Martinez Sobrino
Executive Assistant of the executive board of the University of Utrecht
Booker at Friendly Fire
Committee of Recommendation
Floris de Gelder
Director Soestdijk Palace
John van Haaren
Regional Managing Director Benelux at Unibail-Rodamco
Hoboist, soloist, professor at the Musikhochschule München
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