// Dutch Harp Festival 2020

World Harp Competition


The DHF World Harp Competition is now in its final round. After a long wait following the Regional Rounds of the competition, in February 2020, it is finally time for the four remaining finalists to present their original programs. Tune in on May 15th and 16th to find out who will win the hearts of the jury, and cast your own vote for the winner of the audience award. Specially selected from a field of 28 candidates, representing every corner of the world, the finalists this year are:

Tara Minton, Australia

Tara Minton is an Australian born harpist, vocalist and composer. Her program If It’s Magic is a love letter to jazz, touring and the beautiful musician’s life she’s been missing these past 12 months. [Read more]

Grace Roepke, USA

Grace Roepke is currently pursuing her master’s degree in harp performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her program State of Mind explores the communication of emotions and psychological experiences through the harp. [Read more]

Uno Alexander Vesje, Norway

Uno Alexander Vesje is a Norwegian harpist and composer. His original composition Our Planet, Our Future is a six movement solo piece for acoustic pedal harp and electronic elements designed to call attention to the environmental crisis. [Read more]

Romy Wymer, Netherlands

Romy Wymer is a Glasgow-based lever harp player and composer originally from the Netherlands. Her program Lore is a lever harp performance about connection and belonging. [Read more]

The jury

The jury of the DHF World Harp Competition will be listening remotely during this year’s online edition of the competition finals. As always, the adjudication of the competition is held to top-class standards of fairness and transparency. Jury members have been invited for their musical eminence, technical expertise, and diverse perspectives. This year’s jury members are:

Ties Mellema, Netherlands

Stephan Fitzpatrick, UK
Corrina Hewat, UK
Gavriël Lipkind, Israel
Caroline Lizotte, Canada
Claron McFadden, USA
Jeroen van Vliet, Netherlands


First Prize | €5.000 and the personally tailored CCC (Care, Coaching & Career) Development Program

Second Prize | €2.500

Third Prize | €1.500

Audience Award | €1.500 and a complimentary subscription to Harp Column magazine

The Competition

Over three rounds, candidates of the World Harp Competition compete to win the hearts of the jury and ultimately the grand prize. The competition began with a recorded Preliminary Round, followed by the live Regional Rounds, and culminating in the Finals at the Dutch Harp Festival. During the Regional Rounds, the Scouting Jury travels from Utrecht to Hong Kong and New York to hear creative program pitches from the world’s most promising young harpists. A select number of candidates are then invited to present their complete original programs at the Dutch Harp Festival. Watch our video coverage of the 2018 Regional Rounds to see how the World Harp Competition is making a bold break from tradition.

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Past Winners


1st Prize | César Secundino, Mexico
2nd Prize | Alice Belugou, France/Switzerland
3rd Prize | Aimee Hang Yu Lam, Hong Kong
Audience award | César Secundino, Mexico

Jury | Neil Wallace [Chair], Amandine Carbuccia, Edmar Castañeda, Niladri Kumar, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Dominic Seldis, Erika Waardenburg


1st Prize | Emmanuel Padilla Holguín, Mexico
2nd Prize | Giulia Ott, Switzerland
3rd Prize | Jean-Baptiste Haye, France
Audience award | Emmanuel Padilla Holguín, Mexico

Jury | Biëlla Luttmer [Chair], Pieter Alferink, Bernadeta Astari, Peter van der Heyden, Skaila Kanga, Miriam Overlach, Anna Verkholantseva


1st Prize | Juliana Myslov, UK
2nd Prize | Markus Thalheimer, Germany
3rd Prize | Shiho Minami, Japan
Audience award | Juliana Myslov

Jury | Guido van Oorschot [Chair], Nino Gvetadze, Ramon Lormans, Sivan Magen, Isabelle Moretti, Gwyneth Wentink, Mikhail Zemtsov


1st Prize | Amandine Carbuccia, France
2nd Prize | Sarah Verrue, Belgium
3rd Prize | Ruth Bennett, UK/USA
Audience award | Amandine Carbuccia, France
Festival Classique Originality Award | Anna Steinkochler, Austria

Jury | Bart van Oort [Chair], Sandrine Chatron, Henny Diemer, Igor Roma, Anton Sie, Naoko Yoshino, Mikhail Zemtsov


1st Prize | Noël Wan, USA
2nd Prize | Rino Kageyama, Japan
3rd Prize | Eleanor Turner, UK
Audience award | Noël Wan, USA

Jury | Bart van Oort [Chair], Ken Hakii, Eeva Koskinen, Anne-Marie O’Farrell, Sivan Magen, Carlos Micháns, Gwyneth Wentink, Edward Witsenburg, Jaap Zwart

2018 Winners

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