Rudiger Oppermann Rüdiger Oppermann, born in 1954, is Germany´s foremost celtic harp player. He began playing the harp in 1973 and has since virtuosically surpassed all existing standards on this instrument. His High-Headed Irish Harp or Clairséach is strung with 38 gold-plated bronze strings. With an elaborately carved column and unique mechanism on each string for the use of bending notes (as in the blues), Rüdiger has constructed an absolutely personal instrument. The technical capabilities of this harp combined with Rüdigers improvisational free-style have transformed the Celtic Harp into a melodic instrument full of expression and power. His transformation from celtic bard to crossover world-musician is well documented on 43 CD publications.