Xavier de Maistre

Solea Management represents Xavier de Maistre in France.

“Pure Music […]. Xavier de Maistre is a virtuoso of the highest or-der, profoundly musical and capable of realizing a remarkable range of nuance.”

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Biography

Xavier de Maistre belongs to an elite category of soloists who are redefining what is possible with their instrument. Aside from commissions from composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki and Kaija Saariaho, he performs works like Smetana’s “Ma Vlast” with breathtaking precision, presenting masterful arrangements of works that are usually played by an entire orchestra. The interpretation of these works, that few harpists before him have even considered playing, has contributed to his reputation as one of the most creative and extraordinary musicians of his generation.

Xavier de Maistre has appeared with major orchestras under the direction of such eminent con-ductors as Bertrand de Billy, Daniele Gatti, Kristjan Järvi, Philippe Jordan, Riccardo Muti, An-drés Orozco-Estrada, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Heinrich Schiff and Gilbert Varga. He per-forms at many of Europe’s leading festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Rheingau, Vienna and Verbier, Budapest Spring and Wurzburg Mozart Festival. He collaborates with such chamber music partners as Diana Damrau, Mojca Erdmann, Daniel Müller-Schott, Baiba Skride, Arabella Steinbacher and Magali Mosnier.

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Xavier de Maistre belongs to an elite category of soloists who are redefining what is possible with their instrument. Aside from commissions from composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki and Kaija Saariaho, he performs works like Smetana’s “Ma Vlast” with breathtaking precision, presenting masterful arrangements of works that are usually played by an entire orchestra. The interpretation of these works, that few harpists before him have even considered playing, has contributed to his reputation as one of the most creative and extraordinary musicians of his generation.

Xavier de Maistre has appeared with major orchestras under the direction of such eminent con-ductors as Bertrand de Billy, Daniele Gatti, Kristjan Järvi, Philippe Jordan, Riccardo Muti, An-drés Orozco-Estrada, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Heinrich Schiff and Gilbert Varga. He per-forms at many of Europe’s leading festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Rheingau, Vienna and Verbier, Budapest Spring and Wurzburg Mozart Festival. He collaborates with such chamber music partners as Diana Damrau, Mojca Erdmann, Daniel Müller-Schott, Baiba Skride, Arabella Steinbacher and Magali Mosnier.

Following a season as resident artist with the WDR Sinfonieorchester, de Maistre’s 2015/16 season opens with the world premiere of Pendrerecki’s Harp Concerto, with the Orchestre de Paris at their new Philharmonie hall, followed by the UK premiere with London Philharmonic Orchestra, with the composer conducting, and the Nordic premiere with Danish National Sym-phony Orchestra. Further concerto appearances include with Tampere Philharmonic, Tonkün-stler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orquesta Nacional de España and, further afield, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Baroque Cham-ber Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti. He gives solo recitals in such diverse centres as Duesseldorf, Geneva, Cardiff and Beirut.

Xavier de Maistre has an exclusive recording contract with Sony Music. Releases have included music by Haydn, Rodrigo, Ginastera and Debussy – the latter for which he was awarded the Echo Klassik Award 2009 as “Instrumentalist of the Year”. In 2012 “Notte Veneziana”, a record-ing of baroque concertos with the Ensemble l’arte del mondo, was released and entered the top ten in the classical music charts. Most recent releases include a DVD with Diana Damrau and a CD recording of Mozart piano concertos arranged for harp, with Mozarteum Salzburg and con-ductor Ivor Bolton. In spring 2015, ‘Moldau’ was released, a solo recital CD featuring Slavonic repertoire, which received high critical acclaim.

Xavier de Maistre was born in Toulon and began studying harp aged nine. He his studies culmi-nated in Paris with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot. In 1998 he was awarded the first prize at the International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Indiana. He immediately became the first French musician to join the ranks of the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – a po-sition which he left in summer 2010. Since 2001 Xavier de Maistre has taught at the Hamburg Academy of Music. He also gives regular master classes at New York’s Juilliard School of Mu-sic, Tokyo’s Toho University and London’s Trinity College of Music.

Xavier de Maistre plays a Lyon & Healy harp.

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“Far removed from the clichés that stem from an over-simplistic link between his instrument and traditional images of angels and other fairylike creatures, Xavier de Maistre has literally redefined our picture of the harp and is now a new star in the world of classical music.” Swiss radio station DRS

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