// Dutch Harp Festival 2020

Our team

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 Wijnalda

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 from Utrecht.

Elizabeth Jaxon

Competition director Elizabeth has served the Dutch Harp Festival in multiple roles—performer, blogger, photographer, media correspondent, and now competition director—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 HooijmansFinance, board member
Paul is CFO for three IT organizations, and has been involved with the Dutch Harp Festival since 2012.

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!

Sanne Bouman – Production
Sanne is in charge of making the impossible a reality and has been producing the Dutch Harp Festival since 2014. She’s in charge of everything having to do with getting the right things and people to the right place at the right moment.


Milou de Rooij – Pre-production
Milou keeps the boat steady in the lead up to the festival and helps out with everything from (pre)production details to fundraising.

(vacancy) – Volunteers
We’re currently looking for a person to be in charge of coordinating volunteers and internal communications.

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.

Supervisory Committee

Christianne Noordermeer van Loo, chairperson
Founder of The Company of NNBC

Ingmar Baas, treasurer
Bruggink & Van der Velden attorneys & tax advisers

Tijn Pieren, member
Marketing & Exploitation Executive at DOMunder

Advisory Board

Henk de Breij
Former Director at EPP Public Relations, former chairman of the Dutch Harp Festival (2010-2019)

Annemarie Goedvolk
Director at Lustr, Business director of Festival Classique

Maarten van Hezik
General Director at STABU

Hans Kuperus
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

Age Versluis
Booker at Friendly Fire

Committee of Recommendation

Floris de Gelder
Director Soestdijk Palace

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

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


You can contact us through our main e-mail address: info@harpfestival.nl.

Business / sponsoring / partnerships: Gert Wijnalda
Press enquiries: Tia Schutrups

Mailing address:

Stichting Dutch Harp Festival
Churchilllaan 11 (17e etage)