4th USA International Harp Competition

July 4-14, 1998


Gold Medal
Xavier De Maistre, France

After winning the 4th Competition, Xavier de Maistre was named principal harpist with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Xavier also appearedin successful recitals in Wigmore Hall, London, presented by Salvi International and in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, on January 26, 1999. Xavier is now a world-renowned soloist and makes regular appearances in the major concert halls of Europe, Japan and the United States. His 2015/16 season has included appearances with the Chicago Symphony, Orchstre de Paris, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, and many others across United States,Europe,and Asia. Xavier has been an exclusive Sony Music artist since 2008. Through his recordings, he was awarded the Echo Klassik Award as “Instrumentalist of the Year” in 2009, and his baroque concerto album Notte Veneziana immediately entered in the top ten of the classical music charts in 2012.  His most recent CD, Moldau-The Romantic Album was released in 2015 and has received high critical acclaim.

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Bronze Medal: Kyo jin Lee, Korea

Silver Medal: Maria Luisa Rayan, Argentina

Special Prizes

Fons Music Foundation Prize for best performance of Ami Maayani's Toccata for Harp
Xavier De Maistre

Jan Jennings Prize for best performance of Francois Boildieu's Concerto for Harp
Xavier De Maistre


Fourth Prize:  Baltazar Juarez, Mexico

Fifth Prize:  Kaori Otake, Japan

Sixth Prize:  Danielle Riegel, The Netherlands

Seventh Prize:  Elisabeth Cardonnet, France

Eighth Prize:  Ramiro Enriquez, Argentina