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Biography

Ulla van Daelen’s education is a “classical” story

She was already improvising on the piano at the age of five and won her first awards at the age of ten, when she participated in Germany’s most respected Youth competition “Jugend musiziert”.

As early as the age of twelve, she discovered the harp to be her dream instrument, winning her first award for harp six years later. Engagements at numerous opera houses and concert tours in the United States and Japan followed.

Ulla van Daelen was then appointed to the position of solo harpist of the WDR Radio Orchestra.

She is known to defy any attempt of categorization into a specific genre, and she began to develop new sounds and rhythms for the harp, drawing inspiration from frequent interdisciplinary collaborations with renowned jazz musicians and the WDR Big Band as well as with artists of the pop and world music genre.

Ulla van Daelen has since repeatedly been invited to be a guest soloist at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, she has accompanied the Young Tenors on their Christmas Tour and has recorded with famous artists such as Vince Mendoza, Charlie Mariano and Lalo Schifrin.

She was also guest star for a well-known Queen Cover band and has hosted live programs at several radio stations, promoting her music.

Her Chillout music video was featured on the ONYX TV channel for several months. The ARD TV channel portrayed her in documentary, naming her a “creative exceptional musician”.

She performed and composed on two audio books for the ZDF TV channel, which featured German television stars.

Ulla van Daelen has released seven successful CDs so far with her own compositions. She is one of the most popular examples for innovative harp music to date.

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