Published on 14 January 2019
It’s not every day we see a harp in the limelight, let alone a male harpist; furthermore, an undisputed master of the instrument described by Gramophone as a “virtuoso of the highest order”. French harpist Xavier de Maistre, with his chiselled jaw and elegant demeanour, brings musical grace, confident strength and breathtaking technique to the instrument.
Xavier de Maistre’s story with the harp began at age 9, when he fell in love with his beautiful harp teacher in music school. From age 16, the first competition prizes began to roll in, and at just age 23, de Maistre became the first-ever French musician appointed to the ranks of the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Xavier de Maistre belongs to an elite category of soloists who are redefining what is possible with their instrument. Aside from classic works and new commissions, he brings new light to familiar tunes such as Smetana’s The Moldau with spectacular precision, presenting masterful arrangements of works that are usually played by an entire orchestra.
On Mar 1 & 2 at the Victoria Concert Hall, Xavier de Maistre will play one of the most beautiful concertos in the harp repertory, the scintillating Harp Concerto by “The French Mozart”, François-Adrien Boieldieu, a work that will instantly charm its way into your ear and heart. Attendees will also get a chance to meet de Maistre face-to-face at the concert during his autograph session.
Date & time
1 & 2 March 2019 (Friday & Saturday), 7.30pm
There will be an autograph session with Xavier de Maistre.
Pre-concert Talk: 6.30pm at VCH Music Studio
Victoria Concert Hall
Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Liebreich, conductor
Xavier de Maistre, harp
Please contact the Media Officer for photographs and interviews.
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 3 in D major, D. 200
U Harp Concerto in C
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60
$68, $48, $38, $28, $15
*before booking fees: $1 for tickets $20 and below, $3 for tickets $20.01 to $40, $4 for tickets above $40.
Students, Senior Citizens, NSF and PWDs: 30% (Cat 4-5)
Tickets are available from website: ticketing.sso.org.sg, SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555 and SISTIC counters island-wide.