Ophélie Gaillard
Territories : General management

Ophélie Gaillard

Photo credit : Caroline Doutre

Territories : General management


Photo credit : Caroline Doutre

Upcoming concerts

26/02/2022 - Les Diablerets (CH) - Temple de Vers-l'Eglise – Festival Musique et Neige - 18h15 - Piazzolla, Cassado , de Falla, tangos et milongas avec Juanjo Mosalini et Romain Lecuyer

10/03/2022 - Paris/Invalides - A night in London album release - Avec Sandrine Piau et le Pulcinella Orchestra - Porpora, Oswald, Geminiani, Haendel

22/03/2022 - Orchestre de Chambre de la HEM de Genève - Avec Sergey Ostrovsky, Lise Berthaud, Romain Guyot, Alberto Bocini. Tchaikovsky Dvorak

23 - 26/03/2022 - Résidence de création Couperin à Lisbonne

Direction Frédéric Chaslin

27/03/2022 - 17: 00 Clé du pavillon à Gaillard - Couperin à Lisbonne Saison France Portugal Avec Raquel Camarinha, Ana Vierra Leite, Miguel Amaral et Pulcinella

01/04/2022 - Castelbranco masterclasses

02/04/2022 - Lisbonne masterclasses

03/04/2022 - Lisbonne Centro Cultural Calouste Gulbenkian - Couperin à Lisbonne avec Pulcinella

09/04/2022 - Genève Carouges Ponticello - Avec Juanjo Mosalini et Romain Lecuyer - Piazzolla, Cassado, De Falla, tangos

10/04/2022 - Genève -Carouges- saison Ponticello - Avec Ponticello -Couperin à Lisbonne

13/04/2022 - PARIS/Invalides - Avec Pulcinella et les pages du CMBV -Alla Francese création

18/04/2022 - Aix en Provence – Festival de Pâques – 16h BACH Suites

20/04/2022 - Aix en Provence – Festival de Pâques – 20h30 - Avec Jérôme Ducros BEETHOVEN Sonates et Variations

29/04/2022 - Lisbonne Centro cultural Calouste Gulbenkian saison France Portugal - Avec le quatuor Tejo Onslow, Edith Canat de Chizy, Lopes Graca.

15/05/2022 - Paris /Musée du Petit Palais – 15h - Cellopera Avec Vassilis Varvaressos

28/05/2022 - Geneve Carouges saison Ponticello - 20:00 - Avec le quatuor Aviv et Maté Scucz Schubert, Schoenberg

29/05/2022 - Carouges - 17:00 - Avec Pulcinella - A night in London

10 - 17/06/2022 - Croisière Ponant

19/06/2022 - CULLY (CH) - Festival Lavaux Classique/Temple de Cully avec Sylviane Deferne et Samuel Labarthe

22/06 - 20/072022 - Tournée avec l'Académie d'Ambronay – EEEMERGING+ A PADOVA - Cello and direction Mozart, Haydn, Boccherini

22/07/2022 - Montpellier/Festival Radio France Occitanie Montpellier - Avec Pulcinella - A Night in London

23/07/2022 - Festival baroque de Valloire - Avec Isabelle Druet et Pulcinella - Une renaissance à Florence création

24/07/2022 - Valloire – Mythes

25/07/2022 - Valloire – Mythes

26 - 31/07/2022 - Portugal – ZézeresArts

02/08/2022 - Roquefixade – Musica del temps passat – Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Roquefixade - BACH Suites

06/08/2022 - Festival des Abbayes de Lorraine - Abbaye de Senones - Duo avec Elsa Grether - Bach, Kodaly, Bartok, Hersant

13/08/2022 - La Lucerne – Festival Musical de l’Abbaye - Duo avec Elsa Grether Bach, Kodaly, Bartok, Hersant

15/08/2022 - Izmir/Turquie - Récital

16 - 20/08/2022 - Gümüşlük Festival Academy – Masterclass in Gümüşlük

19/08/2022 - Gümüşlük Festival - Récital

20/08/2022 - Gümüşlük Festival Academy - Concert avec les étudiants

26/08/2022 - Sion – Festival de Musique Classique - Avec Pavel Vernikov et Svetlana Makarova, Momo Kodama. - Bach, Nicola Campogrande création

28/08/2022 - UTRECHT OUDE MUZIEK – Pulcinella Orchestra - CPEBach 1

29/08/2022 - UTRECHT OUDE MUZIEK - Pulcinella Orchestra - CPEBach 2

05 - 10/09/2022 - Brescia international Masterclasses

08/10/2022 - Ambronay festival Academy EEEmerging - Mozart, Haydn, Boccherini

15/10/2022 - Genève saison Ponticello - Talents Suisses - Avec Tedi Papavrami, Riccardo Castro, Francois-Xavier Poizat, Donatien et Damien Bachmann…

22 - 24/10/2022 - Cello Biennale Amsterdam - Jury member

25/10/2022 - ACB concert with Bruno Fontaine piano and Daniel Leveillé tapdance - Bach, Bernstein, Gershwin

26/10/2022 - Amsterdam Cello Biennale avec les Swiss cellists - Homenage to Paul Sacher

13/11/2022 - Rencontres Musicales en Artois - Cellopera - Avec Vassilis Varvaressos

24/11/2022 - Paris/Invalides Avec l’Orchestre de Picardie - Schumann, Dvorak

28/11 - 03/12/2022 - Croisière Ponant

11/12/2022 - Genève saison Ponticello - Avec l’Orchestre de Chambre de la HEM - Voix Plurielles


Released on March 4, 202223/02/2022

Released on March 4, 2022


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 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.

Fond of encounters, she regularly shares the stage with Lambert Wilson, hip-hop dancer Ibrahim Sissoko, choreographers Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet, dancers Hugo Marchand and Ludmila Pagliero (Etoiles of the Opéra National de Paris), or Brazilian star singer of bossa nova Toquinho (live album Canto de sereia recorded for Aparté at the MiTo festival in 2017).

After a double album dedicated to Boccherini in 2019 recorded with the complicity of Sandrine Piau, Ophélie Gaillard and Pulcinella won in 2020 a wide audience success thanks to a double album Vivaldi, I colori dell'ombra recorded during the health crisis with mezzo-sopranos Lucile Richardot and Delphine Galou.

Beginning of 2021, Ophélie Gaillard offers us a journey through 100 years of opera arias with her new recording « Cellopera» accompanied by the "Vienna Morphing Orchestra", under the baton of Frédéric Chaslin, thanks to transcriptions for cello and orchestra of works by Mozart, Verdi, Tchaikovski, Offenbach and Puccini.

March 2022, back to the 1730s, Ophélie Gaillard and Pulcinella together with guest artists Sandrine Piau and Lucile Richardot, meet Italian composers who tried their luck in London, such as Geminiani, Porpora, Bononcini and spend a poetic « Night in London ».

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