Ophélie Gaillard

French cellist (Paris, 1974 -)

Ophélie Gaillard is a French cellist who cultivates a wide repertoire, from ancient music (Bach) to contemporary music (Pierre Bartholomée).

Ophélie Gaillard studied at the Paris Conservatory where she obtained three first prizes in chamber music, cello and baroque cello. She completed her musician training with a degree in musicology at the Sorbonne University.

After having been awarded "instrumental soloist revelation" at French Victoires de la Musique, Ophélie Gaillard began performing in recital in major venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Théâtre du Châtelet and London's Wigmore Hall. She specialized in baroque and classical music and has collaborated with Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Haïm and John Eliot Gardiner, then founded her own ensemble, Pulcinella, composed of musicians who perform on period instruments. Their recordings of works by Vivaldi (2005) and Boccherini (2007), recorded by Ambroisie, were critically appraised.

Although Ophélie Gaillard has made a name for herself with her performances of solo cello works (Bach, Britten) and chamber music (especially with Vanessa Wagner), she performs as a soloist with various orchestras.

Ophélie Gaillard also dedicates herself to more personal projects: she has been working with accordionist Pascal Contet since 2004, created the show Pierrot fâché avec la lune with dancers and actors, and regularly gives master classes during her tours in France and abroad.

Six landmark date in the life of Ophélie Gaillard:

1998: Third prize in the Leipzig International Cello Competition.
2001: She taught at the National School of Music in Aulnay-sous-Bois.
2003:"Instrumental soloist revelation" at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.
2004: beginning of her collaboration with accordionist Pascal Contet.
2005: Creation of the Pulcinella ensemble
2010: She was a member of the jury for the ARD cello competition in Munich.

Six key records by Ophélie Gaillard:

1999: Schumann’s Phantasiestücke (Ambroisie)
2003: Suites n°2 and 3 for solo cello, Sonatas for cello and piano, by Britten, with Vanessa Wagner (piano) (Ambroisie)
2004: Papillon - Sicilienne – Après un rêve, Complete works for cello by Fauré, with Bruno Fontaine (piano) (Ambroisie)
2009: Dreams (Satie - Fauré - Chopin) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Aparté)
2010: Chopin, with Edna Stern (piano) (Aparté)
2011: Bach’s Cello Suites (Aparté)