Ophélie Gaillard
Territories : General management

Ophélie Gaillard

Photo credit : Caroline Doutre

Territories : General management


Photo credit : Caroline Doutre

Upcoming concerts

24 - 28/03/2020 - Jury Concours International Conservatoire Edward Saïd et Masterclasses

25/03/2020 - Concert de Gala Grand Salon du Consulat général de Jérusalem

26/03/2020 - Récital Eglise Sainte-Anne de Jérusalem

08/04/2020 - Paris/Invalides - Bach cantates de jeunesse avec Pulcinella et Marguerite

16/04/2020 - Masterclasse au Conservatoire Darius Milhaud, Aix-en-Provence

17/04/2020 - Aix/Festival de Pâques - Eglise - 20h30 - Bach/Suite pour violoncelle No 3

18/04/2020 - Aix/Festival de Pâques - Conservatoire d'Aix en Provence - Beethoven/Sonate pour violoncelle et piano No 2 avec Jérôme Ducros

30/04 - 03/05/2020 - Académie de printemps de Villefavard

25/05/2020 - Récital Bach - Colloque Klerkehof Bruxelles

26/05/2020 - Bruxelles/Conservatoire Royal de Musique - Masterclasses

07/06/2020 - Festival de Saint Michel en Thiérarche- Vivaldi avec l'Orchestre Pulcinella et Carlo Vistoli

09/06/2020 - Genève/ Festival Les Athénéennes- Folias et Fandangos avec l'Orchestre Pulcinella

25/06 - 04/07/2020 - Croisière Sur le Rhin avec Alain Duault

05/07/2020 - Festival de Froville avec Pulcinella et Xavier Sabata -16h

06 - 12/07/2020 - Académie Internationale de musique française au Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles

13/07/2020 - les Musicales de Normandie - Vivaldi/Bononcini avec Pulcinella et Xavier Sabata

20/07/2020 - Festival Baroque du Pays du Mont Blanc – CPEBach avec Pulcinella

23/07/2020 - Festival de Pontlevoy avec Raquel Camarinha et Emmanuel Rossfelder

Danza y fuego
Falla, Cassado, Granados, Albeniz, fados traditionnels

25/07/2020 - Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau

Journée spéciale violoncelle/Jardin Anglais du Château

30/07 - 10/08/2020 - MusicAlp Académie Internationale de Musique

01/08/2020 - Festival Baroque de Tarentaise - Eglise de Moûtiers - Vivaldi/Bononcini avec Pulcinella et Xavier Sabata

11/08/2020 - Festival Musique en Périgord - Intrépides avec Pulcinella

14 - 15/08/2020 - Festival du Fort de Giromagny - Bach, Edith Canat de Chizy

11 - 12/09/2020 - Froville - Jury Concours International de Chant Baroque

19/09/2020 - Grande Nef Festival de musique ancienne de Maguelone

Suites de Bach

20/09/2020 - Festival Musique aux Mirabelles

Avec Dana Ciocarlie et Marianne Piketty

25/09/2020 - Les journées musicales d'Automne de Souvigny - Boccherini avec Pulcinella et Raquel Camarinha

05 - 11/10/2020 - Super Cello Festival - Beijing, Chine

17/10/2020 - Vienna/Ehrbarsaal - Avec Louise Chisson (violon)

19/10/2020 - Timisoara, Early Music Festival - Vivaldi, I collori de’ll ombra avec Pulcinella

24/10 - 06/11/2020 - Genève/ Jury Concours International de violoncelle de Genève


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 was hailed by the critic and 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.

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