Biography

Xavier de Maistre

Current as of August 2019

Born in Toulon, Xavier de Maistre studied the harp with Vassilia Briano at his local conservatory, before continuing his studies with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot in Paris. In 1998 he was awarded first prize at the prestigious USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Indiana and in the same year became the first French musician to be admitted to the Vienna Philharmonic.

As a soloist, Xavier de Maistre has performed under many leading conductors including Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, André Previn, Kristjan Järvi, Bertrand de Billy, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Daniel Harding and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. He has appeared with orchestras such as the Chicago, Montréal, São Paulo, City of Birmingham and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestras, the London and China Philharmonic Orchestras, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as with all the leading orchestras in his native France.

Xavier de Maistre has given recitals at the Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Boulez Saal in Berlin and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

He has also performed at various major festivals including the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Salzburg, Verbier and Budapest Spring Festivals, the Würzburg Mozartfest and Mostly Mozart in New York. His chamber music partners include Diana Damrau, Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Müller-Schott, Baiba Skride, Antoine Tamestit, Mojca Erdmann and Magali Mosnier.

In 2008 Xavier de Maistre became an exclusive artist with Sony Classical and recorded Nuit d’étoiles, dedicated to the music of Debussy, and was awarded the Echo Klassik Award for instrumentalist of the year. Subsequent albums include Hommage à Haydn (2009), Aranjuez (2010) and Notte Veneziana (2012). 2013 saw the release of a DVD with Diana Damrau and a recording of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto K. 299 and Xavier de Maistre’s own transcription of the Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major K. 459 with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and Ivor Bolton. Following the release of Moldau in 2015, featuring Romantic works and arrangements, Xavier de Maistre recorded La Harpe Reine with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie. In March 2018 he released a duo album of Spanish repertoire with the legendary castanet performer Lucero Tena.

Since 2001 he has taught at the Music University in Hamburg.

Xavier de Maistre plays a Lyon-Healy harp.

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Liederabende Salzburger Festspiele 2019 Xavier de Maistre
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