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Biography

Zoë KnoopZoë Knoop (born Netherlands, 1994) started playing the harp at the age of 11. At 14 she took lessons at the Arnhem Conservatorium with Manja Smits. In July 2016 she finished her undergraduate and continued with Master of Music at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany) with Prof. Godelieve Schrama.

 

She has taken part in masterclasses with, among others, Masumi Nagasawa, Frédérique Cambreling, Sivan Magen, Alice Giles, Andrew Lawrence King and Catherine Beynon.

 

In addition to solo work she has played in The Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, The National Youth Orchestra, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Braunschweig State Orchestra and the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Wernigerode, and others. She has participated in several chamber music summer courses including Zomercursus Woudschoten and The British Isles Music Festival. Concert tours have taken her i.a. to Scotland, Latvia, Slovenia and Italy.

 

She won a first prize at the International Harp Competition ‘Wettbewerb der HarpACademy’ near Bremen, a second prize at The National Contest, Netherlands, and a special prize at the Prinses Christina Concours, Netherlands.

 

Zoë plays in a duo with flautist Maartje Valk, with whom she played the concert for flute, harp and orchestra with the Oost-Nederlands Symphonieorkest in October earlier this year.

 

In the summer of 2015 she performed as a soloist with the Students Orchestra of Nijmegen, playing the Concerto for Harp and Orchestra by the Dutch composer Roel van Oosten.

In 2015 and 2016 she played with the Mondsand Quartet in the première of the pieces ‘Mondesaufgang’ and ‘Durchwachte Nacht’ for mezzo-soprano, violin, cello and harp by the German composer Matthias Bonitz. Their first CD was released in 2016.

 

Since october 2017 Zoë is taking part in the academy of the Duisburg Philharmic Orchestra and can be heard there throughout this season.