Gabriel Garrido

Argentinian conductor (1950, Buenos Aires)

Founder of Ensemble Elyma, Argentinian conductor Gabriel Garrido is particularly renowned for his work in the baroque repertoire, as well as for rediscovering South American music.

Gabriel Garrido was born in 1950 in Buenos Aires; he started studying music in his hometown, before moving to Europe in order to improve his music training first in Zurich, then at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He then specialized in the lute, baroque guitar and reed instruments of the Renaissance. He became a member of the ensemble Ricercare and of Jordi Savall's ensemble Hesperion XX.

In 1981, Gabriel Garrido founded his own ensemble, Elyma, with which he performed, every year for almost a decade, a baroque work for the Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Thereafter, this experience led him to work for the French label K617, for which he recorded not only the works of European composers (such as Monteverdi, Cavalli, Rubino…), but also baroque South American music (sacred missionary music, from the time of the Conquistadores…).

After many orchestra conducting experiences in prestigious opera houses (Grand Théâtre de Genève, Lausanne…), he joined the Centre Culturel de Rencontre (Cultural Centre) in Ambronay from 2003 to 2007, where he regularly taught. In 2005, he inaugurated the Ambronay label, with the complete recording of Monteverdi's Selva Morale e spirituale.  

Lastly, he had been called to participate in a big project of international coordination between Europe and Latin America, in 2010 and 2011.

Five landmark dates in the life of Gabriel Garrido

•  1950: birth, in Buenos Aires

1977: he taught at the Ancient Music Centre of the Geneva Conservatory

1981: he founded the ensemble Elyma

2003: he joined Ambronay’s CCR 

2010: he participated in a big project of coordination between Europe and Latin America

Five key recordings by Gabriel Garrido

• Monteverdi, L’Orfeo

Ensemble Elyma (dir. Gabriel Garrido)

K617, 2000

Fiesta Criolla

Ensemble Elyma (dir. Gabriel Garrido)

K617, 2002

• Monteverdi, Vespro della beata Vergine

Ensemble Elyma (dir. Gabriel Garrido)

K617, 2002

Musiques sacrées missionnaires

Ensemble Elyma (dir. Gabriel Garrido)

K617, 1997

• Cavalli, Gli Amori D’Apollo e di Dafne

Ensemble Elyma (dir. Gabriel Garrido)

K617, 2008