瑞士广播电台（DRS, Swiss Radio）
饮誉国际的法国竖琴大师梅斯特（Xavier de Maistre），德国回声大奖、美国国际竖琴大赛金牌得主、维也纳爱乐管弦乐团首席竖琴家。挟着「法国竖琴王子」的美名，高大俊朗的外形，才华洋溢的梅斯特早于二十五岁时便成为维也纳爱乐乐团的首位法国乐手，出道至今他的优美琴音风靡无数欧美及亚洲乐迷。
萨米耶·狄·梅斯特九 岁在学习竖琴，其后转往巴黎，拜于一代名师波霍（Jacqueline Borot）与竖琴大师米歇尔（Catherine Michel）门下，与竖琴名家萨巴列塔（Nicanor Zabaleta, 1907-1993）师出同门。
There is more to his playing than delicate, celestial sounds: Xavier de Maistre redefines with self-assurance the image of the harp, and in the meantime is one of the stars of the classical scene.
DRS, Swiss Radio
This man conjures up entire worlds. | Waves of tempestuous applause.”
Der Tagesspiegel, Germany
De Maistre is a man with a mission and with a fresh, contemporary manner.
De Maistre is brilliant, he really makes the harp dance.
His tone is all silvery shimmer, his sound weightless and angelic.
Pure Music … Xavier de Maistre is a virtuoso of the highest order, profoundly musical and capable of realizing a remarkable range of nuance.
Xavier de Maistre belongs to an elite category of soloists who are redefining what is possible with their instrument. Aside from commissioning first-rate contemporary composers, he performs works like Smetana’s “Ma Vlast” with breath-taking precision, presenting masterful arrangements of works that are usually played by an entire orchestra. The interpretation of these works, which few harpists before him have even considered playing, has contributed to his reputation as one of the most creative and extraordinary musicians of his generation.
Xavier de Maistre has appeared with major orchestras under the direction of such eminent conductors as Bertrand de Billy, Daniele Gatti, Kristjan Järvi, Philippe Jordan, Riccardo Muti, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Heinrich Schiff, Gilbert Varga and Yu Long. He performs at many of Europe’s leading festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Rheingau, Vienna and Verbier, Budapest Spring and Wurzburg Mozart Festival. He collaborates with such chamber music partners as Diana Damrau, Mojca Erdmann, Daniel Müller-Schott, Baiba Skride, Arabella Steinbacher and Magali Mosnier.
de Maistre’s 2015/16 season opens with the Chicago Symphony under Riccardo Muti. In Europe he plays with the Orchestre de Paris at their new Philharmonie hall, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic, Tonküstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Orquesta Nacional de España and others. Further afield, concerts in Asia and Arabia will see him with Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, and the Qatar Philharmonic. He gives solo recitals in such centres as Düsseldorf, Stuttgart, Geneva, Monaco, Cardiff, Tokyo and Beirut, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Xavier de Maistre has an exclusive recording contract with Sony Music. Releases have included music by Haydn, Rodrigo, Ginastera and Debussy – the latter for which he was awarded the Echo Klassik Award 2009 as “Instrumentalist of the Year”. In 2012 “Notte Veneziana”, a recording of baroque concertos with the Ensemble l’arte del mondo, was released and entered the top ten in the classical music charts. Most recent releases include a DVD with Diana Damrau and a CD recording of Mozart piano concertos arranged for harp, with the Mozarteum Salzburg and conductor Ivor Bolton. In spring 2015, “Moldau – The Romantic Album” was released, a solo recital CD featuring Slavonic repertoire, which received high critical acclaim.
Xavier de Maistre was born in Toulon and began studying harp aged nine. His studies culminated in Paris with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot. In 1998 he was awarded the first prize at the International Harp Competition in Bloomington, Indiana. He immediately became the first French musician to join the ranks of the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – a position which he left in summer 2010. Since 2001 Xavier de Maistre has taught at the Hamburg Academy of Music. He also gives regular master classes at New York’s Juilliard School of Music, Tokyo’s Toho University and London’s Trinity College of Music.
Xavier de Maistre plays a Lyon & Healy harp.
Bio updated 14 April 2016. Please destroy any previous or undated bios.
Xavier de Maistre 萨维尔·德·梅斯特
Asia, except Japan, Korea
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