Born in Toulon, Xavier de Maistre studied the harp with Vassilia Briano at his local conservatoire, before perfecting his technique with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot in Paris. In 1998 he is awarded the first prize at the prestigious USA International Harp Competition and becomes the first French musician to be admitted to the Wiener Philharmoniker.
As a soloist, Xavier performs under the baton of many conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Philippe Jordan, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Daniel Harding and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. He was recently invited by important orchestras such as Chicago, Birmingham and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras ; London and China Philharmonic orchestras; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Mozarteum Salzburg and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He also performed in recitals in Lucerne, Baden-Baden, Stuttgart, Berlin and on the main stage of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.
Additionally, he plays in major festivals: Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Salzburg, Wiener Festwochen, Verbier, Spring Festival in Budapest, Mostly Mozart in New York.
In France he plays regularly with Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, and philharmonic orchestras of Radio France,Monte-Carlo, Montpellier, Lille, and Nancy. He gives recitals in venues such asOpéra Garnier, auditoriums of Lyon, Bordeaux, Opéra-Théâtre in Avignon, and Opéra de Lille.
In 2008 Xavier de Maistre became an exclusive Sony Music artist and recorded nine albums with the label. His first album ‘Nuit d’Etoiles’ won Echo Klassik’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award. In March 2018, he launches a duo album with legendary Lucero Tena (castanets) in a programme solely revolving around Spanish repertoire.
Xavier de Maistre plays on a Lyon-Healy instrument.
“De Maistre is a kind of Hamelin of the harp: the agility, the ease with which the most astonishing technical challenges are surmounted, the conversational phrasing and evenness of rapid passagework instantly amaze. But it is also his depth of tone and variety of colour that beguile.”
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