One of the world’s finest harpists, Xavier de Maistre appears with the Belgrade Philharmonic again, on February 8 and 9 (Kolarac, 8 PM). Under the baton of erstwhile Chief Conductor Uroš Lajovic, De Maistre will perform the ubiquitously popular Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo.
De Maistre performs an outstandingly varied repertoire, including pieces that few harpists even considered playing before him. He has thus gained a reputation as one of the most creative and extraordinary musicians of his generation, capable of playing arrangements of pieces usually performed by an entire orchestra.
Xavier de Maistre was the first French musician to join the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, only to develop a career as a soloist with many orchestras and celebrated conductors such as Kristjan Järvi, Riccardo Muti, André Previn or Sir Simon Rattle.
In addition to the renowned harpist, numerous admirers of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will have the singular opportunity of hearing the Belgrade Philharmonic’s first performance of Ligeti’s Atmospheres, immortalized by the film. Uroš Lajovic, one of the audience and orchestra’s favorite conductors, will round off the program by Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony. Owing to high demand, the Philharmonic will offer 100 standing tickets for each concert, which will be available at the Kolarac ticket office one hour ahead of the performances, i.e. from 7 PM.