Diana de Vries
Born in 1958, Dutch harpist.
At the Rotterdam Conservatorium she studied initially with the well - known pedagogue Margot Flipse and subsequently with the world-famous Italian harpist Susanna Mildonian.
After graduating she continued her studies with Edward Witsenburg and Mariëlle Nordmann in Paris. While still a student she began developing her wide-range musical activities, from symphonic playing through chamber music to her work as soloist.
Diana de Vries has been solo harpist of the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra (Het Gelders Orkest) since 1982. She is also a member of the Eurus Chamber Ensemble, Trio Alankara (violin, flute and harp), Trio Sagaro (singing, guitar, harmonium, tabla and harp), Trio 'Les Trois Muses' (soprano, flute and harp), duo Concerto Elysee (violin and harp). In duo combinations she also performs regularly with voice as well as various instruments including the flute and organ. Her repertoire is extensive, ranging from the Classical period through to the Avant-Garde.
In addition to her extensive performing activities Diana de Vries has built up an outstanding reputation as a teacher.
Page of the cd-booklet 'Noorunissa'
Together with her harp playing Diana also composes for the harp. Her music is very often inspired by famous Persons like Ghandi, poems, stories, nature etc. Examples of her compositions are: Ghandi, Noorunissa, Danse des Sylphes and Love to love.
In her latest cd, Diana's dreams she included three of her compositions: Montagna di Dahnya, Temple Sounds and Spirit of Guidance.
There are nine cd's of her to listen to:
- 'David de minstreel op reis door Europa' (David the minstrel traveling through Europe - 2000)
- 'Love to Love' (2001)
- 'Noorunissa' (2009 - 2010)
- 'From Diana with love' (2009 - 2010)
- 'Sagaro Waves' (2012)
- 'Beyond Passion', Duo Concerto Alankara (2014)
- 'The Touch of Love', Diana de Vries and her ensembles (2014)
- 'Diana's Dreams', harp solo, with own compositions (2017)
Diana plays an 'Aurora' Harp, made by Salvi (Italy), an 'Musa' harp, made by Aoyama (Japan) and an 'Elysee' harp, made by Camac (France).