Ophélie Gaillard
Territories : General management

Ophélie Gaillard

Photo credit : Caroline Doutre

Territories : General management


Photo credit : Caroline Doutre

Upcoming concerts

03/07/2021 - Festival de Tonnerre – Avec Lambert Wilson, Roger Muraro, Bruno Fontaine, Paul Meyer

04 - 10/07/2021 - MasterClass Fontainebleau French American Schools of Music and Fine Arts

06 - 12/07/2021 - MasterClass Académie baroque du CMBV - Reporté

09/07/2021 - MYTHES – Paris 11eme /Square Georges Sarre

11/07/2021 - Fontainebleau /Conservatoire Américain – Concert

12/07/2021 - MYTHES – La Courneuve – La Courneuve Plage

Direction Frédéric Chaslin

18/07/2021 - Genève/Temple de Carouge – « Ombres et Lumières » Pulcinella Orchestra

19/07/2021 - Festival Baroque du Pays du Mont Blanc – Megève, église Saint Jean Baptiste - CPEBach avec Pulcinella

21/07/2021 - MYTHES – Paris/Jardin Truillot 11ème

24/07/2021 - Festival de Saintes - Vivaldi/I colori dell'ombra avec Lucille Richardot

25/07/2021 - Festival Musique en Périgord – Saint Cyprien/Eglise – 21h – Fandangos et Follias avec Pulcinella

26 - 28/07/2021 - Zezere Arts Portugal - Masterclass, recital

29/07/2021 - Tarentaise – Soirée Musique et Gastronomie au restaurant étoilé La Bouitte

31/07/2021 - Mythes – Maison de Jean Monnet (78)

01/08/2021 - Festival Baroque de Tarentaise - Laguna e terra ferma/Vivaldi, Bononcini avec Xavier Sabata et Pulcinella

02/08/2021 - Genève/Temple de Carouge – « Folies et Fandangos » Pulcinella Orchestra - Concert retransmis par la RTS

03/08/2021 - Festival musique et nature en Bauges – Boccherini Fandango avec Pulcinella

07/08/2021 - Bonneville/Château - 20h - Bach : Suite 1, 2, 3

11/08/2021 - Festival Puplinge Classique(Suisse) – Orchestre de Chambre Nouvelle Europe – Saint-Saens : Concerto No 1 – Direction Nicolas Krauze

12 - 22/08/2021 - MasterClass MusicAlp : Académie internationale de musique (3ème session)

21/08/2021 - Les Musicales de Normandie/ Vatteville la Rue - Eglise Saint-Martin - 16h

BACH : Suite No 1 - BENOIT MENUT : Micro suite - BRITTEN : Suite No 3 - BACH : Suite No 3

24/08/2021 - Genève/Jardin Botanique - Musiques en été - Carte blanche aux Swiss Cellists & Ophélie Gaillard

28/08/2021 - Festival de la Chaise Dieu – Abbatiale 11h – Vivaldi avec Julien Martineau

04 - 09/09/2021 - Genève – Swiss Cellists à la Comédie Swiss Cellists

12/09/2021 - Eglise de St Sulpice (Vaud/Suisse) - An die ferne geliebte, Beethoven, Schubert avec Sylviane Deferne

19/09/2021 - Mythes – Musée National de Port Royal des Champs (78)

25/09/2021 - Toulouse – Auditorium Saint-Pierre-des-Cuisines – 20h30 – Bach : Suites 1, 2 et 3

26/09/2021 - Paris/Château de Vincennes - Les italiens à Londres avec Pulcinella Orchestra

27 - 29/09/2021 - Enregistrement avec Pulcinella Orchestra

03/10/2021 - Festival des Mirabelles - Trio avec Marianne Piketty et Dana Ciocarlie

09/10/2021 - Temple Sainte Croix Canton de Vaud (Suisse) Ode à la lune - Récital avec Sylviane Deferne

17/10/2021 - La Chaux- de- Fonds/Salle de Musique – Bartok, Beethoven, Bloch avec The Swiss chamber players, HEM de Genève

21/10/2021 - Genève/HEM – Bartok, Beethoven, Bloch avec The Swiss chamber players

23 - 28/10/2021 - Jury du Concours international de Genève

27/10/2021 - Genève/Salle du Conservatoire - Concert inaugural Swiss Cello Association

01 - 07/11/2021 - Croisière Ponant

13/11/2021 - Musique d'Automne Festival le Perreux-sur-Marne - D'âme Nature avec Laure Baert et Elena Rozanova

19/11/2021 - Genève/Salle des Abeilles – Dialogue de Rive en Rive avec Cédric Pescia

26/11/2021 - Espace Consonnances, Saxon (Suisse) - Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann avec Lionel Monnet

05/12/2021 - 15h - Paris / Musée du Petit Palais – Duo avec Claire Désert Miaskovski / Rachmaninov

17/12/2021 - Genève/Salle Frank Martin - « ¡ Fiesta Latina ! » - The Swiss Cellists & Guests


Cellopera with the Vienna Morphing Orchestra 26/02/2021

Cellopera with the Vienna Morphing Orchestra


VIVALDI, I COLORI DELL’OMBRA recording for APARTE09/03/2020



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

Her “technical fluency is unimpeachable. Her intonation … is impeccable. She plays with a ripe, absolutely luscious tone. Her use of vibrato is circumspect and period- appropriate. She is scrupulous about observing repeats and her use of ornamentation is elegant and understated. The fluidity and unself-conscious physicality of Gaillard’s playing keeps the listener aware that, except for the preludes, this is sunny, dance-based music.” So wrote the critic Stephen Eddins (Allmusic) of her recent Bach recording (2011), while back in 2007 The Times hailed her “wizard fingering, big lyrical heart and kaleidoscope of colours”.

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.

 Named  “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.

She also performs works of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and has recorded, for instance, Britten’s complete Cello Suites and Piano Sonatas with Vanessa Wagner (Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique) and Pierre Bartholomée’s Oraison for solo cello.

Her solo album Dreams (Aparté) recorded in 2009  at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, proved to be a great public success.

Versatile artist, Ophelie Gaillard also regularly performs as a soloist with orchestras such as the Japan Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Polish Radio Orchestra and the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra, the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, etc….

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 2010 she was invited to sit on the jury for the ARD International Cello Competition in Munich.

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

2015 her double ALVORADA CD was awarded Star Recording by the Strad Magazine. This programme, a journey into popular Spanish and Latin American musics was on tour in France, Italy (MiTo Festival), Mexico (Cervantino Festival), with Brazilian singer Toquinho among others and 2016 her second CPEBACH recording received a DIAPASON D’OR, CHOC DE LA MUSIQUE CLASSICA, FFFF TELERAMA.

Among other recordings highly acclaimed as well, Exils with Bloch’s Schelomo coupled with the Korngold’s cello concerto with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra under British conductor James Judd, Strauss’ Don Quixote with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Boccherini with Pulcinella Orchestra and Sandrine Piau.

2020 her double recording I Colori dell’ombra dedicated to Vivaldi, with both mezzo-soprani Lucile Richardot and Delphine Galou, issued during the pandemy without concerts has been hailed by the critic and in 2021 with her new album Cellopera Ophélie and the Vienna Morphing Orchestra under Frédéric Chaslin invite us to a journey through over a century of opera with transcriptions for cello and orchestra from Mozart to Puccini, including Verdi, Tchaikovsky and Offenbach.

2014 she was appointed Professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and her recording of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s cello concerti with Pulcinella  was awarded DIAPASON D’OR of the year.

Ophélie Gaillard plays a cello by Francesco Goffriller (1737), generously on loan from the CIC, and also an anonymous Flemish violoncello piccolo.

Orchestra Repertoire

BACH Carl Philipp Emmanuel Intégrale
BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto en ut M op 56
BLOCH Schelomo
La Voix dans le désert
BRAHMS Double Concerto en la m op 102
CHOSTAKOVITCH Concerto pour Violoncelle n°1
Concerto pour Violoncelle n°2
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 do majeur
Concerto pour Violoncelle en ré majeur
Symphonie Concertante
KORNGOLD Concerto pour Violoncelle en do majeur opus 37
LALO Concerto pour Violoncelle
LEO Concertos napolitains
LUTOSLAWSKI Concerto pour violoncelle
MILHAUD Concerto No1
PORPORA Concertos napolitains
SAINT-SAENS Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre en la mineur op. 33
SCHUMANN Concerto pour Violoncelle op 129
STRAUSS Don Quichotte op 35
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations sur un thème rococo
Andante Cantabile
Pezzo Capriccioso
Nocturne op 19 n° 4
Chanson Triste op 40 n°2
VIVALDI Intégrale