Born in Maastricht, Holland, Astrid Walschot-Stapp began studying the harp at age nine with Katja Noorman. Later she studied harp at the Maastricht Conservatory with Teresia Rieu where she received a Docerend Musicus (Harp Performance and Pedagogy, 1992) and an Uitvoerend Musicus (Artist Diploma, 1994). Astrid went on to study with Francois Bartholome at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels and with Marisa Robles at the Royal College of Music in London. Following her studies in London, she received the Prince Bernhard Fund Prize to study with Susan McDonald at Indiana University. Mrs. Walschot - Stapp received a Performer Diploma from Indiana University in 1996.
She has had an extensive orchestral career. In March 2003 Maestro Yuri Temirkanov selected her to be the acting principal harpist of the Baltimore Symphony during his tenure. This included several performances at Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has performed with the National Symphony, National Philharmonic, Washington Opera, Baltimore Opera, National Gallery Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, Limburg Symphony, and Opera Royal de Wallonie. Mrs. Walschot-Stapp has worked with some of the world's most respected conductors, including Yuri Termirkanov, Mario Venzago, Leonard Slatkin, Kurt Masur, James Judd, Jean Pascal Tortelier, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Jeffrey Tate, Marin Alsop, Jack Everly, and Erich Kunzel. She has also performed in concert with leading musicians such as, Yo-Yo Ma, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Julia Fisher, Lang Lang, Denyce Graves, Andre Rieu, Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman and Barry Manilow.
As a soloist, she has performed in recital at such venues as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, National Gallery of Art, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, and the Dutch and Finnish Embassys in Washington D. C. Mrs. Walschot-Stapp has performed chamber music in numerous recitals in Europe and North America with such groups as the Orlando String Quartet, Kennedy Center Theater Chamber Players, The Left Bank Concert Society, the Fessenden Ensemble and Skya. Her recently released CD, "Out of the Silence," includes original compositions. She also played the piece "Eliana" for the soundtrack of the 2014 movie "The Harpist." Pieces written for her by contemporary composer Jean Sevriens include “Astre,” “Sagitaure,” and the harp concerto "Tanghetto."
Mrs. Walschot-Stapp has taught at the Baltimore School for the Arts and was on the faculty of the Washington Conservatory from 1997 to 2004. Astrid co-founded the MCYO harp ensemble with Olivia Gutoff at Strathmore Hall and directed it from 2001-2009. Astrid currently conducts the Frederick Harp Ensemble and maintains a private studio at the Frederick String Initiative in Frederick, Maryland.