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Petra van der Heide studied with Erika Waardenburg in Utrecht, Maria Graf in Hamburg and Charlotte Cassedanne in Berlin. In addition, she has participated in masterclasses with Susann McDonald and Tanya Tauer. In 1987, at the age of 16, she played in the ‘Focus on Youth Concerts’ during the 3rd World Harp Congress in Vienna and in subsequent years, won several prizes in national and international competitions.

 

During her time in Germany (between 1993 and 2003) she has been playing in many of the major German orchestras such as the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker and the Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian Radio Orchestra), Munich. She also held the post of solo harpist in the Darmstadt Opera for 5 years, before ultimately returning to Holland.

 

She has been the principal harpist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam since 2003, and has worked with great conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano.

 

After a period of teaching at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht, she started to develop a practical guide on the field of Audition Training.In the past years, not only harpists has been following this training with her and many have been succesful in orchestral auditions. 

 

She gives masterclasses all over the world, for both solo-repertoire and audition training.

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