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Xavier  de Maistre

Xavier de Maistre

Xavier  de Maistre

*1973 Toulon

The harpist Xavier de Maistre plays works like Smetana’s Má Vlast with breathtaking precision and presents compositions that are usually played by an entire orchestra. The interpretation of these works, which few harpists before him have even considered playing, has contributed to his reputation as one of the most extraordinary musicians of his generation.

As a soloist, de Maistre has appeared with major orchestras under the direction of such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Heinrich Schiff, Bertrand de Billy, Walter Weller, Gilbert Varga, Josep Pons, Daniele Gatti and Philippe Jordan. He has performed at many of Europe’s leading festivals, including those in Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Rheingau, Vienna and Verbier, the Budapest Spring Festival and the Wurzburg Mozart Festival. Among the artists with whom he has performed are Diana Damrau, Mojca Erdmann, Daniel Müller-Schott and Magali Mosnier.

 

Highlights of the 2012/13 season include a debut with the Orchestre Philharmonique of Radio France, the WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, the DSO of Berlin, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.

 

In 2008, de Maistre signed an exclusive contract with RCA/Sony Music. Releases so far have included music by Haydn, Rodrigo, Ginastera and Debussy; for the Debussy recording, he was awarded the Echo Klassik Award 2009 as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’. 2012 brought the release of the highly acclaimed and commercially successful Notte Veneziana – a recording of Baroque concertos with the ensemble L’arte del mondo.

Xavier de Maistre was born in Toulon and began learning harp aged nine. He studied with Vassilia Briano at the Toulon Conservatory before perfecting his technique with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot in Paris. In 1998, he won the prestigious International Harp Competition in Bloomington and then became the first French musician to join the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – a position he left in the summer of 2010 in order to devote himself to his international solo career. Since 2001, Xavier de Maistre has taught at the Hamburg Academy of Music. He also gives regular masterclasses at New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Tokyo’s Toho University and London’s Trinity College of Music.


 

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