Ernestine Stoop

Ernestine Stoop

Ernestine StoopErnestine Stoop was born in Utrecht and began studying harp, at the age of eleven, with Titia Tieman-van der Laars. She earned her solo diploma in 1980, studying with Edward Witsenburg at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She then studied for two years with the legendary harpist Pierre Jamet, the authority on the works of Claude Debussy; who worked with the composer himself on his pieces written for harp. Ernestine Stoop studied chamber music in Salzburg with the violinist Sandor Végh.

After playing with the Radio Filharmonic Orchestra for 11 years, she is now dedicating her time to performing solo and chamber music (Harp Duo Ravel and Trio Janacek) as well as teaching. She is a member of the Nieuw Ensemble, Atlas Ensemble and Asko|Schönberg. She is harp-professor at the Royal College of Music in the Hague and at the Fontys High School of Music in Tilburg.

As a soloist she performed with such conductors as Hans Vonk, Ernest Bour, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, David Porcelijn, Ed Spanjaard, Reinbert de Leeuw, Rogier van Otterloo and James Last. She has recorded classical as well as contemporary music. She has worked closely with well-known artists like Mathilde Santing and Toots Tielemans and participated in theatre and film productions (e.g. with the Malinese Kora player Toumani Diabate). She has also enjoyed numerous productive sessions with composers such as Mauricio Kagel, Isang Yun, Stockhausen, Elliott Carter, Louis Andriessen, Franco Donatoni, Unsuk Chin, Tan Dun, Guo Wenjing, Theo Loevendie and Guus Janssen preparing their compositions for worlds first performances.

She initiated the 3rd and 5th European Harp Symposia (1995 and 2001) in Amsterdam and gave the first performance of Guo Wenjing’s ‘Concerto for harp and lyric soprano’ in Amsterdam 2001. Recently a real Carillo-harp has been made for her. This is a unique 16th tone instrument designed by the Mexican composer Juan Carrillo.

Ernestine was Artistic Director of the prestigious 10th World Harp Congress 2008, which took place in Amsterdam in the ‘Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ’.

She is a member of the Corporation of the World Harp Congress.


HarpDuo Ravel - Ernestine Stoop and Astrid Haring

HarpDuo RavelHarpDuo Ravel was formed in the summer of 2011 and consists of the harpists Ernestine Stoop and Astrid Haring. They gave their debut during the 11th World Harp Congress in Vancouver. The five- movement cycle ''Miroirs'' by Maurice Ravel, originally for piano was transcribed by Ernestine for two harps specially for this concert as the Harp Congress was a particularly good opportunity for this version to be premiered.

The combination of this duo and this transcription turned out to be very fortunate resulting in an enthusiastic follow-up by the two harpists.

In their search for new repertoire they focus on the music of the French impressionists with their idol, Ravel as a major leading figure. Ernestine and Astrid's musical interpretations and approach to harp-playing are closely linked. Due to this their concerts are quite special as can be seen by the reaction of a member of the audience in Vancouver: "You really put a spell on the audience''. This is for the performers the best they could wish for with their music-making.

At the moment HarpDuo Ravel focuses on the music by John Adams and Philip Glass


HarpDuo Ravel have released their first cd ‘Miroirs’, which is available at concerts and from or i-tunes.

Mioirs CD coverSome comments from the audience:

‘Beautiful cd! Full of colours and always ‘al dente’.’
‘I wish I could create your sound on the piano’
‘You, both, sound so young’

Compositions for Harp

Maurice Ravel
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Miroirs Two Harps
Leos Janacek
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Po zarostlem chodnicku
On an overgrown path
Flute, Harp & Cello