Ghislaine Petit-Volta studied the harp at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Holder of the Certificat d’Aptitude, she teaches at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris, the Pôle Supérieur of Paris Boulogne-Billancourt, and in the pedagogic department of the CNSMDP. From 1977 – 2002, she regularly worked with major orchestras like the Opéra de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Berlin Philharmonic, etc. Conductors she has worked with include Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti, Seiji Ozawa, Riccardo Muti, Pierre Boulez, and Simon Rattle. She currently focuses mostly on solo and chamber music in France, and abroad. She currently performs mainly as a chamber musician and soloist in France and abroad. Interested in all forms of musical expression, she has taken part in numerous world premieres, and collaborations with living composers.
Ghislaine Petit-Volta has made recordings in a wide range of fields, from medieval music to contemporary repertoire. She has recently released a CD in homage to Rameau, on the Suoni e Colori label. She also gives master classes all over the world: France, Korea, Japan, England, Belgium, Switzerland…
Ghislaine Petit-Volta co-initiated the “Odyssée de la Harpe”, a new music festival centred on the electroacoustic harp. This takes place annually in Bourg-la-Reine. She also created the “Collegium 21” competition, also based on contemporary harp music, with the help of the “Les Signes de l’Arc” association. Within this framework, she commissions works afor young harpists aged between 7 and 20. The competition is preceded by a masterclass session for participants with the composers.