Born in Toulon in 1973, Xavier de Maistre trained first at the conservatory in his home town, and then went to Paris to complete his studies with Jacqueline Borot and Catherine Michel. Parallel to music, he also studied political science at two renowned universities: the Ecole des Sciences Politiques in Paris and later at the London School of Economics.
In 1995 he was appointed solo harpist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 1998 he won the important USA International Harp Competition in Bloomington/Indiana. The year after, at the age of only 25, he became solo harp of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, a position which he gave up in the summer of 2010 to concentrate fully on his solo career.
As a soloist, Xavier de Maistre makes regular appearances in the major concert halls of Europe, Japan and the United States, and has already played with many leading orchestras under conductors like Sir Andre Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti, Josep Pons, Bertrand de Billy, and Philippe Jordan.
Xavier de Maistre is a popular guest at such major festivals as the the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the Rheingau Festival, the Vienna Festwochen, the Verbier Festival, the Styriarte, and the Mosel Festwochen. Among his chamber music partners are Kathleen Battle, Diana Damrau, Bo Skovhus, Barbara Bonney, Mojca Erdmann, and Arabella Steinbacher.
Xavier de Maistre has held a professorship at the Musikhochschule Hamburg since 2001, and gives regular master classes at New York's Julliard School, the Toho University in Tokyo and Trinity College London.
The French harp player has been an exclusive Sony Music artist since 2008. His début CD Nuit d'Etoiles featuring works by Claude Debussy was released in April 2008. 2009 saw the appearance of his sophomore album Hommage à Haydn recorded with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bertrand de Billy, and his third CD, Aranjuez, was released in 2010.
Current as of Jan. 4, 2013