With her virtuoso and soulful harp playing she has enchanted her audience in a unique way for decades! Her compositions are inspired by jazz, pop, folk and of course classical music in its most lively form! On her new album "Mandala" Ulla van Daelen presents her wonderful diversity as a composer and interpreter for the first time at Stockfisch!
Ulla van Daelen 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.