Erika Waardenburg

Harp - Visiting Professor of Harp

Concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist and educator

Regular teaching engagements in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Helsinki, Salzburg and London

From hearing the leading tune of the former Dutch broadcasting programme ‘De jeugd vliegt uit’ at the age of 4, Erika fell in love with the harp. She is now one of the most prominent harpists in the Netherlands.

At the conservatories of Utrecht and Brussels she studied with Edward Witsenburg and Susanna Mildonian; she graduated with distinctions of the highest class: the Premier Prix and the Prix d‘Exellence. At the age of 23, she won the prestigious International Gaudeamus Concours for contemporary music and the Vriendenkrans, a distinction awarded by the concert hall of Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw.

Erika has made her mark both nationally and internationally as a soloist, performing works for harp and orchestra with conductors such as David Porcelijn, Graham Jenkins and Ernest Bour, as part of several chamber music ensembles and also giving solo recitals. Her concerts are frequently recorded for radio and television, and CD recordings have been made of some of her best performances.

A versatile harpist, she not only has the ambition to bring well-known romantic repertoire before a wide audience, but she is also interested in introducing the audience to lesser-known contemporary works of composers such as Murray Shaefer, Alberto Ginastera and Jaqueline Fontijn, all of whom are concerned with placing the harp in a new perspective in modern musical literature.

Besides performing and commissioning music for harp, Erika is passionate about music education. She is a professor of harp at the conservatories of Utrecht, Amsterdam and Helsinki, and is much in demand as a teacher. At the same time she gives masterclasses for young talented harpists within the Netherlands and abroad, with regular engagements at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her greatest accomplishment in her teaching career is the founding of the Academy of Musical Talent, which enables very young harpists to study under her guidance, raising their standards to unprecedented heights. Many national and international prizes won by her students are a testimony to her outstanding achievements as a teacher.

Erika is vice-president of the Dutch Harp Association; she is a co-founder and Artistic Director of the Academy of Musical Talent in the Netherlands.


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