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Ophélie Gaillard

An insatiable curiosity, a taste for risk, an immoderate appetite for the whole of the concerted cello repertoire, complete disregard of limits and petty quarrels: those are no doubt the features that have always set this brilliant Franco-Swiss musician apart. Her passion? Working from the sources, inquiring into the text, using her virtuosity to bring out the musical discourse and make the music loved by all.

Voted “Revelation: Solo Instrumentalist of the Year” at the French Classical Music Awards
(Victoires) in 2003, she has since appeared in recital at many prestigious venues: Concertgebouw Bruges and Amsterdam; Bozar and Flagey, Brussels; the theatres of Bordeaux, Avignon, Poissy, Aix-en-Provence; the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; Oji Hall, Tokyo; London’s Wigmore Hall; and so on.

Ophélie Gaillard is a child of Baroque. She specialised in the Baroque cello from a very early age and for ten years shared the stage with Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Haïm and the
Amarillis ensemble, amongst others. Then in 2005 she founded Pulcinella, a ‘collective’ of
virtuoso soloists. Sharing her passion for performance on period instruments, they have been
her regular accomplices ever since.

Ophélie Gaillard has won several prizes in major international competitions, including, most
notably, The third prize of the J. S. Bach International Cello Competition in Leipzig in 1998. In 2000 she recorded Bach’s complete Cello Suites for Ambroisie, a recording that was highly
acclaimed by the international press. Then in 2011 she repeated the exploit, this time for
Aparté, a recording that earned her distinctions from Diapason (Diapason d’Or) and The
Strad Magazine. Likewise, her recordings of Vivaldi’s Cello Sonatas and Concertos and the
Cello Concertos of Boccherini reaped excellent ratings and several awards.


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