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Ophelie Gaillard

Voted 'Revelation: Solo Instrumentalist of the Year' at the French Classical Music Awards (Victoires) in 2003, the Franco-Swiss cellist Ophélie Gaillard soon distinguished herself as a versatile musician, performing with equal passion music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. The winner of several international competitions, notably the J. S. Bach International Cello Competition in Leipzig, she gives recitals in the world's great concert halls and champions the solo cello repertoire, from Bach's Suites to works by Britten, Dutilleux, Crumb and the composers of the younger generation. Her recordings for Ambroisie of Bach's complete Cello Suites, those of Benjamin Britten and his Cello Sonata with the pianist Vanessa Wagner were highly acclaimed by the international press (Diapason, Le Monde de la Musique, Répertoire, Scherzo, Goldberg, Crescendo ...). Her recent recording of Fauré's works for cello and piano, with Bruno Fontaine, was singled out by The Strad Magazine. Ophélie Gaillard makes solo appearances with the Orchestre de Cannes- Provence- Alpes Côte d'Azur, the Polish Radio Orchestra (conductor Gabriel Chmura), the Orchestre de Picardie (Edmon Colomer), the European Camerata, the orchestra Les Siècles, the Franz Liszt Orchestra of Budapest. She will be making her début with the New Japan Philarmonic in June 2006. She appears at various major festivals (such as Saint-Denis, Quimper, Messiaen at La Meige, Orangerie de Sceaux, Sablé-sur-Sarthe, Beaune, Evian, Montreux, Bach in Lausanne, October in Normandy, Reims Flâneries Musicales,Toroella de Montgri) and at theatres including those of Bordeaux, Avignon, Poissy and Paris (Châtelet). She regularly gives recitals and masterclasses in Japan and Korea, Latin and Central America and Canada, and she records for radio (France Musique, BBC Radio 3) and television (France 2, Mezzo, Arte). Ophélie Gaillard trained at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM), where she was awarded three premiers prix: for chamber music in Maurice Bourgue's class, for cello in Philippe Muller's class (she subsequently followed a series of advanced classes with the same teacher), and for Baroque cello with Christophe Coin. She also has a teaching diploma (cello) and a degree in musicology from the Sorbonne. She has been teaching since 2000. Keenly interested in early music, she has often taken part in Baroque vocal works directed by Christophe Rousset and Emmanuelle Haïm. She also founded the ensemble Amarillis. In 2005 Ophélie Gaillard created Pulcinella, a chamber ensemble composed of some of the finest soloists, with which she explores the vast repertoire of concerted cello works. Also in 2005, she had the idea of creating the show Pierrot fâché avec la lune, based on music by Debussy and Janacek, with the mime artists and actors Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek and the pianist Delphine Bardin. It was immediately a great success. Ophélie Gaillard also likes to combine different artistic disciplines; she works with dancers such as Daniel Larrieu and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Ophélie Gaillard plays a cello made by Francesco Goffriller in 1737, loaned to her by the CIC.

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