Xavier de Maistre

Harp

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Christopher Dingstad, MA
Senior Artist Manager
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Matthias Gruber, BA
Assistant Artist Manager
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Biography

Xavier de Maistre is one of today’s leading harpists and a profoundly creative musician. As a fierce champion of his instrument, he has broadened the harp repertoire, commissioning new work from composers. He also creates transcriptions of important instrumental repertoire.

This musical vision has led him to work with conductors including Sir André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, James Gaffigan, Bertrand de Billy, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Daniel Harding, Susanna Mälkki, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. He has been invited by orchestras such as Chicago, Montreal, City of Birmingham, NHK, Swedish and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras; Los Angeles, London, St…

Xavier de Maistre is one of today’s leading harpists and a profoundly creative musician. As a fierce champion of his instrument, he has broadened the harp repertoire, commissioning new work from composers. He also creates transcriptions of important instrumental repertoire.

This musical vision has led him to work with conductors including Sir André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Philippe Jordan, James Gaffigan, Bertrand de Billy, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Daniel Harding, Susanna Mälkki, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. He has been invited by orchestras such as Chicago, Montreal, City of Birmingham, NHK, Swedish and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras; Los Angeles, London, St Petersburg, Oslo and China Philharmonic orchestras; Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. In his native France he has worked with Orchestre de Paris, the national orchestras of France and Lyon; the philharmonic orchestras of Radio France, Monte-Carlo, Montpellier, Lille and Nancy; and recitals in Paris and Lille operas, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nice, Poitiers and Avignon, among other places.

Parallel to his orchestral concerts, de Maistre is passionate about chamber music and regularly puts together original recital projects. In 2020 he starts a new collaboration with tenor Rolando Villazón, with whom he records a project of South American folk songs for Deutsche Grammophon. 2021/2022 performances include such venues as Abu Dhabi Classics, Hamburg ElbPhilharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt Stuttgart Liederhalle and Graz Musikverein. Over the last seasons, he worked with flamenco and castanet legend Lucero Tena in a programme of Spanish repertoire, touring major venues in Europe, Japan and China, and releasing an album (Sony Classical, 2018). He also regularly works with Diana Damrau, Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Müller-Schott, Baiba Skride, Antoine Tamestit, Mojca Erdmann, and Magali Mosnier.

In Summer 2020, he takes up residency at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. As a soloist, he has been a frequent guest of many high-profile festivals, including Rheingau, Salzburger Festspielen, Wiener Festwochen, Verbier, Budapest Spring, Würzburg  Mozartfest and Mostly Mozart in New York.

De Maistre has been an exclusive Sony Music artist since 2008, when he recorded his first album, Nuit d’Etoiles, dedicated to Debussy, winning an Echo Klassik Award as Instrumentalist of the Year. Further releases included Hommage à Haydn (2009), Aranjuez (2010) and Notte Veneziana (2012), featuring significant Baroque repertoire. Recent releases have included a DVD of performances with Diana Damrau, his transcription of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.19 in F major, K.459, with Mozarteum Salzburg under the baton of Ivor Bolton, Moldau (2015), solo harp pieces by Slavic composers, and La Harpe Reine (2016) with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie. His last album “Christmas Harp” (October 2021) features paraphrases and fantasies of famous Christmas carols as well as melodies by Schubert and Tchaikovsky.

Born in Toulon, 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 became the same year the first French musician to be admitted at the Wiener Philharmoniker.

He has taught at Musikhochschule in Hamburg since 2001.

He 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.

22.01.2021

Three Raab & Böhm Artists appear at Mozartwoche Salzburg 2021
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21.12.2020

Xavier de Maistre at the Mozart Week 2021
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01.12.2020

Xavier de Maistre with a new album
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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