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About Xavier De Maistre
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.
Additonally he plays in major festivals: Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Salzburger Festspielen, 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.