MU­SIC

Hear cel­e­brated harpist Xavier de Maistre across Abu Dhabi

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Cel­e­brated harpist Xavier de Maistre comes to town

Toulon-born Xavier de Maistre was faced with a dif­fi­cult choice as a young adult. Equally tal­ented as a lawyer as he is gifted at play­ing the harp, would he pur­sue a ca­reer in the le­gal sys­tem or the tu­mul­tuous world of the arts? Luck­ily, it was fa­mous harpist Ni­canor Za­baleta who shared some sage words of wis­dom with the plucky young mu­si­cian just at the right time: “You know, there are thou­sands of good lawyers but there is only one harpist like you.” Since then, Xavier has pur­sued an il­lus­tri­ous in­ter­na­tional ca­reer as a soloist in recitals and as part of cham­ber mu­sic en­sem­bles. He is also the first French mu­si­cian to be ad­mit­ted into the pres­ti­gious Vienna Phil­har­monic Orches­tra and is of­ten con­sid­ered to be the world’s top harp mu­si­cian, al­most sin­gle-hand­edly re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing the in­stru­ment pop­u­lar once again. He has worked hard to ex­plore dif­fer­ent com­po­si­tions writ­ten for the harp and cre­ated his own trade­mark style. For his first ap­pear­ances in the UAE, de Maistre plays a pro­gramme in­spired by Span­ish clas­si­cal mu­sic.

De­cem­ber 6

Ma­narat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, Dhs50 to Dhs250. Tel: (02) 5098000. think­flash.ae De­cem­ber 7

Bin Hamoodah House, Al Ain, 8pm, Dhs50 to Dhs250. Tel: (02) 5098000. think­flash.ae

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