In 2009, harpist Astrid Haring finished her Master studies Summa Cum Laude with Ernestine Stoop at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. With her final concert she won the “Fock Medal”, a price for the best exam of the year, rewarded by the Conservatory.
With a dedication to multidisciplinarity in the arts, Astrid likes to commit herself to crossover projects. Because of her affection for dance she initiated a collaboration with choreographer David Middendorp in 2008. Together they developed the performance ‘15 minute universe’, in which a swirling mix of harp, dance and animationtechniques resulted in performances among others on the Dutch festival Lowlands in 2009 and the Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
Since 2010 Astrid cooperates with Frysian singer Nynke Laverman, with whom she performed on various venues and festivals such as the Oerol Festival 2010 and the Edison Awards 2010. In collaboration with Nynke and arranger and guitarist Ward Veenstra, Astrid has developed a colourful programme in the field of world- and popmusic and Nynke’s own written music.
In 2010 Astrid participated in the musictheatre production ‘Frank en Stein’ in collaboration with director Marcel Sijm, composer Florian Maier and actors Rene Groothof and Oscar Siegelaar. In 2009, Astrid’s cooperation with Operadans resulted in the performance of ‘The Snow Queen’, which featured soprano, harp, dance and narrator.
Since the performance of two world premières on the 10th World Harp Congress in Amsterdam july 2008, Astrid forms a duo with basstrombonist Brandt Attema. From then on they inspired many composers to write for this new and versatile combination of instruments and performed in various countries such as Brazil, Singapore, Denmark and Sweden.
As well Astrid has a duo with soprano Caroline Cartens, with whom she developed a broad repertoire with Opera, French melody and contemporary music.
Besides these projects Astrid regularly plays with various orchestra’s and ensembles. For instance she played with the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, the Brabant Orchestra, the Limburg Symphony Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the Ives ensemble and Ensemble Champ d’Action.
In addition to her Master studies, Astrid was selected for the academies of the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, which has developed a special coaching programme for Masterstudents with a strong focus on the performance of 20th and 21st century ensemble music.
She followed masterclasses with Edward Witsenburg, Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Perrin, Daphne Boden, Brigitte Sylvestre, Hugh Webb and Park Stickney.