Ophélie Gaillard
Territories : General management

Ophélie Gaillard

Photo credit : Caroline Doutre

Territories : General management


Photo credit : Caroline Doutre

Upcoming concerts

20/01/2019 - Lanester - Boccherini à Madrid

24/01/2019 - Lambert Wilson et Ophélie Gaillard Congrès de l'Encéphale, Palais des Congrès de Paris

19/02/2019 - Paris Cathédrale Saint Louis des Invalides - Sortie de l'Album Boccherini

01/03/2019 - Agen Théâtre Ducourneau - Strauss, Rachmaninov avec Vassilis Varvaresos

19/03/2019 - Brastislava

Bach/Britten Suites pour violoncelle seul

21/03/2019 - Bratislava

Slovenska Filharmonia
Schumann - Direction : James Judd

22/03/2019 - Bratislava

Slovenska Filharmonia
Schumann – Direction : James Judd

17/04/2019 - Paris Cathédrale Saint Louis des Invalides – Stabat Mater de Boccherini

13/07/2019 - Festival de Saintes – 12h30 – Eglise Abbatiale - Récital Suites Bach/Britten

17/07/2019 - Montpellier - Festival RF avec Vassilis Varvaressos - femmes compositrices

20 - 30/07/2019 - Tignes - Académie d'été Musicalp

29/07/2019 - Valloire - Festival Baroque de Valloire

Un vent d'Italie sous la Régence

31/07 - 04/08/2019 - Fontainebleau Conservatoire américain - MC et concert de clôture

07/08/2019 - Festival de Coutances - Récital Bach

08/08/2019 - Festival de l'Abbaye de la Lucerne - Récital Bach

17/08/2019 - Festival fort en musique - Récital Bach

18 - 20/08/2019 - Festival de Sablé sur Sarthe - Ancien et Nouveau Monde

04 - 13/09/2019 - Munich - Jury Concours ARD


Release on APARTE MUSIC February 22nd, 201914/01/2019

Release on APARTE MUSIC February 22nd, 2019


Strauss: Don Quixote & Cello Works – APARTE MUSIC - New release on March 16th 201814/03/2018

Strauss: Don Quixote & Cello Works – APARTE MUSIC - New release on March 16th 2018


New release : Exiles09/03/2017

New release : Exiles


1st of April 2016 - Release of Ophélie Gaillard's new album30/03/2016

1st of April 2016 - Release of Ophélie Gaillard's new album


Carl-Philipp-Emanuel Bach28/11/2014

Carl-Philipp-Emanuel Bach


Rich actuality for cellist Ophélie Gaillard in March 201420/03/2014

Rich actuality for cellist Ophélie Gaillard in March 2014


Biography of cellist Ophélie Gaillard

« Though on paper the music has an almost military precision, the supple, direct technique of the performer carries the listener through the movements with the fluidity of a mountain stream.»

… could we read in the editorial published in the Diapason magazine of June 2011, (Ophélie Gaillard was awarded the Diapason d’Or for the Suites of Bach). The English Newspapers also underlined this appreciation. In August 2011, The Strad magazine wrote that “Gaillard was at the top “ whereas in 2007 The Times already welcomed her “wizard fingering, big lyrical heart, and kaleidoscope of colors”.

This brilliant Franco-Swiss musician embodies an insatiable curiosity, a taste for risk and an immoderate appetite for the whole of the concertante cello repertoire.

Voted “Revelation: Solo Instrumentalist of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2003, she has since then appeared in recital at many prestigious venues.

Ophélie Gaillard is a child of Baroque. From a very young age, she was specialized in the early and classical cellos and soon shared the stage with Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Haïm and Amaryllis. Then, in 2005, she found Pulcinella, a collective of virtuosos with a passion for performance practice on period instruments. The recordings devoted to Vivaldi, Boccherini and Bach reaped excellent ratings and several awards. 

In 1998, she was the winner of the Leipzig Bach Competition. Then, in 2000 she recorded Bach’s complete Cello Suites for the Ambroisie label and enjoyed a great critical acclaim. She renewed that exploit in 2011, this time for the Aparté label, and received maximum ratings from Diapason, Strad magazine, etc.

Ophélie Gaillard also performs modern and contemporary works. She has made successful recordings of Britten’s complete cello suites or Pierre Bartholomée’s Oraison.

The Romantic repertoire is not neglected: she has successfully recorded the complete cello works of Schumann, Fauré, Chopin and Brahms.

She appears as a soloist with the Orchestre de Cannes-Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur, the Polish Radio Orchestra (Gabriel Chmura), the Orchestre de Picardie (Edmon Colomer), the European Camerata, the Franz Liszt Orchestra of Budapest, the New Japan Philharmonic under the baton of Werner Andreas Alpert, the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse, the Romanian Radio Orchestra or else, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of James Judd.

Her solo album Dreams, made with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, proved to be a great public success.

She is regularly heard on radio (France Musique, France Culture, France Inter, Radio Classique, Espace 2, BBC Radio 3) and often appears on television (France 2, Mezzo, Arte).

In December 2015, her double-CD album Alvorada won over a vast audience and was named a ‘Star Recording’ by The Strad magazine. This programme, blending ‘highbrow’ and popular Spanish and South-American music is actually touring Europe and Latin America.

After the international success of her first album (Diapason d’Or in 2014, special recognition from the Strad magazine, concerts in France and Germany…), a second recording of CPE Bach for the Aparté Label was released in 2016 with the Pulcinella Orchestra and hailed by the press (Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique Classica, ffff Télérama, Gramophone …).

On APARTE Records, in Spring 2017 was released Exils, recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and members of the Sirba Octet devoted to Jewish composers emigrated to the United States, rewarded by a Choc de la Musique and Gramophone, then 2018 saw the release of a Strauss CD recorded with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra hailed by the review The Strad.

2019 Ophelie Gaillard will make a special focus on Boccherini with a double album recorded with the Pulcinella Orchestra and the participation of Soprano Sandrine Piau.

She is also the interpreter of actual composers, works closely with dancers and actors and recorded for APARTE several complete cello works hailed by the press : Bach, Britten, Schumann, Fauré, Chopin and Brahms.

A sought-after teacher, she regularly gives master classes in Europe, Asia and in Latin and Central America.  She is invited as a member of the jury at the ARD competitions and is a professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique of Geneva (HEM) since 2014.

Ophélie Gaillard plays a cello by Francesco Goffriller (1737), generously loaned to her by CIC, and also a Flemish violoncello piccolo (anonymous).

Orchestra Repertoire

BACH Carl Philipp Emmanuel Concerto pour violoncelle en la majeur
Concerto pour violoncelle en la mineur
Concerto pour violoncelle en sib majeur
BLOCH Schelomo
BLOCH La Voix dans le désert
BOCCHERINI Concerto pour violoncelle en sib majeur
Concerto pour violoncelle en sol majeur
Concerto pour violoncelle en ré majeur
CHOSTAKOVITCH Concerto pour Violoncelle n°1
DUTILLEUX Concerto pour violoncelle « Tout un monde lointain »
DVORAK Concerto pour Violoncelle en si mineur Op 104
ELGAR Concerto pour Violoncelle
HAYDN Concerto pour Violoncelle en ré majeur
HAYDN Concerto pour Violoncelle en do majeur
KORNGOLD Concerto pour Violoncelle en do majeur opus 37
LALO Concerto pour Violoncelle
LEO Concertos napolitains
LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto pour violoncelle
PORPORA Concertos napolitains
SAINT-SAENS Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre en la mineur op. 33
SCHUMANN Concerto pour Violoncelle
STRAUSS Don Quichotte op 35
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations sur un thème rococo