Dutch Harp Composition Contest 2014

For the second time, the Dutch Harp Festival organizes a composition contest for composers of all nationalities and ages.

Contestants will compose a piece for solo harp or harp in combination with one of the following instruments: flute, cello or voice, and with a connection to this year’s festival theme: storytelling. The way in which this theme should be applied can be freely interpreted. Electronics may be used, if the venue has the required equipment. The work, which can be in any form, must last between 5 and 15 minutes. Amongst the prizes are € 3.500 prize money and performances of the three winning works by renowned soloists.


  • July 2013 – Applications open
  • 1 September 2013 – Announcement of the jury
  • 3 September 2013 – Composition workshop during the International Gaudeamus Music Week by Miriam Overlach and Sabien Canton
  • 15 December 2013 – Deadline for applications
  • 1 February 2014 – Announcement of the three winning works
  • 1 March 2014, 14.00 – Final: première of the winning works and award ceremony during the Dutch Harp Festival 2014

Finalists (in random order)

  • Gagi Petrovic
  • Jessie Downs
  • Shih-Wei Lo

Honorable recommendation

  • Juan Pablo Contreras


  • Willem Jeths (chairman)
  • Ernestine Stoop
  • Wilbert Bulsink
  • Paul Patterson
  • Rozalie Hirs

An additional member of the jury will be announced.


The three best works will be chosen on 1 February 2014 and performed by top-soloists during the Dutch Harp Festival, on 1 March 2014. The prizes have been determined before the concert (with the exception of the Audience award), but will be announced afterwards during an official award ceremony:

First prize – € 2.000
Second prize – € 1.000
Third prize – € 500
Audience award

Additional prizes will be announced.


Read the rules of the Dutch Harp Composition Contest 2014 (PDF).


You do not have to apply to attend the workshop.

To apply for the competition, your application must be received by us no later than 15 December 2013. Please send to:

Dutch Harp Festival
Composition Contest
Loevenhoutsedijk 301
3552 XE Utrecht

Or by e-mail, received by us no later than 15 December 2013 12:00 p.m., to apply@harpcomposition.nl.

The application sent by mail or e-mail must include the following:

  • An anonymous version of the submitted composition in the form of a score;
  • In the case of students, a written approval of the teacher;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A copy of the Candidate’s ID or passport;
  • A declaration signed and dated by the Candidate, stating that the submitted composition has been written by the Candidate after January 1st 2012.
If you have any questions, please contact Marleen de Bakker at: marleen@harpfestival.nl