Xavier de Maistre
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.