Extended Deadline: November 30th, 23:59 CET

Welcome to the application page of the DHF World Harp Competition 2020. The application deadline has been extended to the end of November. To apply, follow the steps outlined below.

Watch a Walk-Through of the Application Procedure

Review the rules

Rules & Regulations [PDF]

When you apply to the competition, you agree that you understand and will follow the competition rules and regulations. It’s a good idea to download the document and read through it, so that you know how the competition works. Here are some important points to be aware of.

    • The competition will take place over three elimination rounds: a recorded Preliminary round, followed by the live Regional rounds and the Finals.
    • There is no required repertoire. Instead, each candidate will create their own original program of 45 minutes. In the Preliminary round, candidates submit a recording that represents their program. In the Regional rounds, they give a 15-minute pitch of their program, and in the Finals, candidates will be invited to perform their full program as part of the Dutch Harp Festival 2020.
    • Candidates agree to refrain from any contact with the jury members during the competition.
    • The juries will consist of both harpists and non-harpists.
    • By participating in the DHF World Harp Competition, candidates agree to give the DHF recording rights for their performances during the competition.

Prepare your materials

To complete the application form, you will need to have the following information and materials ready to submit:

  • An outline of your original program (see below for details)
  • Audio recording (see below for details)
  • A 150-word biography
  • Two different publicity photos, in high-resolution suitable for print (minimum 300 dpi), both in color
  • In the case of students, you will need to ask your teacher to submit our teacher approval form

Original Program Description

In the Preliminary Round, the program description and the audio recording will both be considered by the jury. It is therefore important to provide a clear and compelling explanation of your vision. We ask you to give a title for the program, the name and composer of three works to be performed (these can also be original compositions, traditional folk songs, improvisations, etc.), and a 150-word description of the program. The original program should be a maximum of 45 minutes long, feature you playing the harp, and if you plan to do any speaking we ask that it be in English. If you’d like some tips and inspiration when designing your original program, watch this video.

Audio recording

Please submit an audio recording of one free-choice piece that exemplifies your original program and best represents you as a musician. The audio recording must have good sound quality and be formatted as an mp3. The chosen piece must be performed in one continuous, unedited take. The recording may not have taken place more than one year before the closing date for the submission of applications. No video will be accepted.


Due to the worsening political situation in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong round of the competition has unfortunately been canceled. On the application form, please indicate your preference for either New York or Utrecht.

  • Hong Kong [CANCELED]
  • Utrecht, the Netherlands – 18 February 2020
  • New York City, USA – 21 February 2020


The application fee is € 100. Candidates in the Euro zone have the option of paying this fee by bank transfer. All other candidates may pay through PayPal. Even if you do not have a PayPal account, you can use this option to complete the payment using any major credit card.

Any Questions?

Check out our FAQ article which covers many of the questions about the competition you might have. If you have a question that’s not covered there, let us know using the contact form at the end of the page.

Good luck!

Application Form