Studying harp at Codarts in the metropolis Rotterdam means that you become part of an interdisciplinary structure of creative professionals in the performing arts. You navigate this structure by entering into musical collaborations and by being inspired in workshops. You do not only study within our classical range, but also together with musicians from World Music and Jazz. You are emphatically encouraged to make crossovers with other disciplines at Codarts, for example with Dance. A Master’s in Music Therapy is also an option at Codarts.


Why study Harp at Codarts?

The Netherlands is known as a ‘harp land’. The instrument has a rich tradition here. Think of Rosa Spier, who travelled around with her harp like a troubadour, or her student Phia Beghout. The presence in their playing and their tone are characteristic. Just like these two, younger generations of harp players also have their own individual sound.

At Codarts this individuality in the creative process comes first, along with connections to other disciplines. In this respect we differ from other music academies, which generally are more focused on you excelling in virtuosity. With us, of course you learn the intricacies of playing the harp from highly qualified teachers (Gwyneth Wentink and Lenie de Meij) and we also look for inspiration in innovative approaches to playing the harp.

We train you to become a professional artist in an orchestra and explore how you can create a personal sound in your play. For example, we invite Andrea Voets to give a workshop during project weeks. She can teach you about storytelling through her highly praised musical journalism – the harp is very much a storytelling instrument. Harp player Remy van Kesteren gives a workshop on combining harp and electronics.

At Codarts you have the option of combining your musical talent with your need for academic knowledge. In the Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab RASL art and science meet in a double Bachelor’s that takes five years.

The Harp section has a fine collection of harps at your disposal. And, last but not least, the harp store Camac is just around the corner.



Here’s a rough sketch of the curriculum:  every week there are main subject classes and orchestra play. In addition, there are interdisciplinary subjects and you take part in orchestra projects in which you play in ensembles. We also study chamber music and take theoretical classes such as analysis and solfège.



  • Gwyneth Wentink - Section representative, main subject teacher harp
  • Lenie de Meij - Main subject teacher harp


Admission requirements

Check here on the admission page which steps you need to take and which admission requirements you need to meet.
You can find the admission requirements of Classical Harp here.


Interested? Mail your questions to harp@codarts.nl.