(c) Jean-Baptiste Millot

Xavier de Maistre

Harp

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Biography

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. He also studied in Sciences-Po Paris and then at the London School of Economics. In 1998 he was awarded first prize (and two interpretation prizes) at the prestigious USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington) and in the same year became the first French musician to be admitted at the Wiener Philharmoniker.

As a soloist, Xavier performs under the baton of many conductors, including Sir André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, Kristjan Järvi, Bertrand de…

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. He also studied in Sciences-Po Paris and then at the London School of Economics. In 1998 he was awarded first prize (and two interpretation prizes) at the prestigious USA International Harp Competition (Bloomington) and in the same year became the first French musician to be admitted at the Wiener Philharmoniker.

As a soloist, Xavier performs under the baton of many conductors, including Sir André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, Kristjan Järvi, Bertrand de Billy, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Daniel Harding and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. He has recently been invited by important orchestras such as Chicago, Montreal, São Paulo, Birmingham and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras; London and China Philhamonic orchestras; Tonhalle-Orchestre Zürich, Mozarteum Salzburg, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. He has also performed in recitals at KKL Lucerne, Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Lierderhalle in Stuttgart, Boulez Saal in Berlin and on the main stage of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.

Additonally he plays in major festivals: Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Verbier Festival, Spring Festival in Budapest, Würzburg Mozartfest, Mostly Mozart in New York. Passionate about chamber music, he performs with Diana Damrau, Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Müller-Schott, Baiba Skride, Antoine Tamestit, Mojca Erdmann, and Magali Mosnier.

In France he regularly plays with Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre national de Lyon, and philharmonic orchestras of Radio France, Monte-Carlo, Montpellier, Lille, and Nancy. He gives recitals in venues such as Opéra Garnier, auditoriums of Lyon, Bordeaux, Nice, Poitiers, Opéra-Théâtre in Avignon, and Opéra de Lille.

In 2008 Xavier de Maistre became an exclusive Sony Music artist and recorded his first album Nuit d’Etoiles with them, which was dedicated to Debussy. He was subsequently awarded an "Echo Klassik Award" for "Instrumentalist of the Year". Albums Hommage à Haydn (2009) and Aranjuez (2010) then followed, performed with Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien and Bertrand de Billy, and Notte Veneziana (2012), which was dedicated to the important pieces of the baroque repertoire. 2013 saw the release of a DVD of his performance with Diana Damrau and a recording of Mozart’s Concerto for Piano No.19, with Mozarteum Salzburg under the baton of Ivor Bolton. After Moldau (2015), a mix of solo harp pieces of the Slavic repertoire, Xavier recorded with Arts Florissants and William Christie.

In March 2018 he launches a duo album with legendary Lucero Tena (castanets) in a programme solely revolving around Spanish repertoire.

Since 2001 he teaches at Musikhochschule in Hambourg.
Xavier de Maistre plays on a Lyon-Healy instrument.

(c) Jean-Baptiste Millot

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.

Repertoire

Concerto Repertoire (Selection)
   
Alwyn „Lyra Angelica“ – Concerto for Harp and String Orchestra
Boieldieu Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, op. 82
Debussy "Deux Danses" for Harp und String Orchestra
Dohnányi Concertino for Harp und Chamber Orchestra, op. 45 
Eötvös Harp-Concerto (23/24 Premiere)
Farkas Concertino for Harp and Orchestra
Ginastera Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, op.25
Glière Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, op. 74
Händel Concerto for Harp (Organ) and Orchestra Bb major op. 4/6 HWV 294
Haydn Concerto for Harp and Orchestra after a Concerto for Cembalo/Piano and Orchestra D major Hob. XVIII:11
  Concerto for Harp and Orchestra after a Concerto for Cembalo/Klavier and Orchestra G major Hob. XVIII:4 
Mozart Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra C major KV 299 (297c)
  Concerto for Harp and Orchestra after the Piano Concerto Eb major KV 449
  Piano Concerto Nr. 19 F major, KV 459
  Piano Concerto C major
Marcello Concerto in d minor for Harp and Strings
Montsalvatge Concert capriccio for Harp and Orchestra
Mosolov Reconstructed Harp Concerto
Parish-Alvars Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, op. 98
  Concertino for Harp and Orchestra, op. 34
Penderecki Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Pierné Concert piece for Harp and Orchestra, op. 39
Previn Concerto for Harp and Orchestra (only in connection with another harp concert)
Rautavaara Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Reinecke Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, op. 182
Renié Concerto for Harp and Orchestra
Rodrigo Concierto Serenata for Harp and Orchestra
  Concierto de Aranjuez (Harp version by Composer)
Saariaho Harp Concerto "Trans"
Saint-Saëns Morceau de Concert for Harp and Orchestra, op. 154
Vivaldi Concerto for Harp, Strings and B.c. in G major op. 3 Nr. 3 RV 310 (Arr. Stefan Klieme)
  Concerto for Harp (Lute), 2 Violins and B.c. in D major RV 93 (Arr. Stefan Klieme)
  Concerto for Harp, Strings and B.c. f minor ''The Winter'' RV 297 op. 8/4 (Arr. Stefan Klieme)
  Concerto for Harp, Strings and B.c. in D major op. 3 Nr. 9 RV 230
  Concerto for Harp, Strings and B.c. in G major op. 7 Nr. 2 RV 299 
Williams Suite from the soundtrack of ''E.T.''
  Concerto for Harp and Orchestra ''On Willows and Birches''
   
Recital Programme (Selection)
   
Solo  
Francisque Pavane et Bransles (arr. Marcel Grandjany) –from “Le Trésor d'Orphée”
Dussek Sonata, op.35 No.3
Lecuon Malagena -La Comparsa -Glissando mazurka
Fauré Impromptu, op.86
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Britten Suite for harp, Op. 83
Debussy Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque
Renie Legende, D'après des elfes de Leconte de Lisle
   
With actor Martina Gedeck-“Night, Dreams, Fantasy...”
Else Lasker-Schüler Wilde Winde
Debussy Arabesque No.1
Edgar Allen Poe le Cœur révélateur
Renié Ballade Fantastique sur le cœur révélateur
Else Lasker-Schüler Ich schlummerte an einem Zauberbrunnen
Leconte de Lisle Les Elfes
Renié Légende sur les Elfes de Leconte de Lisle
Oscar Wilde la Rose et le Rossignol
Liszt le Rossignol
Else Lasker-Schüler Abendzeit
Tarrega Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Joseph von Eichendorff    Mondnacht
Debussy Clair de Lune
   
Flamenco Recital with Lucero Tena
   
Recital with Rolando Villazón