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Ophélie Gaillard

« Si le dessin est d’une précision calligraphique, le geste souple, direct, emporte l’auditeur dans des mouvements qui ont la fluidité d’un torrent de montagne. » pouvait-on lire dans l’édito du magazine Diapason de juin 2011 (diapason d’or pour les suites de Bach).

Un esprit d’une curiosité insatiable, le goût du risque, un appétit immodéré pour tout le répertoire du violoncelle concertant sans frontières ni querelles de chapelle, voici sans doute ce qui distingue très tôt cette brillante interprète franco-helvétique.

Élue « Révélation soliste instrumental » aux Victoires de la Musique Classique en 2003, elle se produit depuis en récital aussi bien en Asie qu’en Europe et est l’invitée des orchestres les plus prestigieux comme l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, l’Orchestre National de Lorraine, le Royal Philharmonic Orchestra ou le New Japan Philharmonic.

En 2005, Ophélie Gaillard fonde le Pulcinella Orchestra, un collectif de virtuoses passionnés par l’interprétation sur instruments historiques. Leurs enregistrements consacrés à Vivaldi, Boccherini et Bach, puis Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach en 2014 et 2016 reçoivent les plus hautes distinctions discographiques (Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc Classica, FFFF Télérama…).

Depuis sa parution en 2015, son album Alvorada élu Star Recording du Strad magazine, consacré aux musiques ibérico-latines a conquis un très large public et tourne régulièrement en Europe et en Amérique latine.
En 2017 paraît Exils, enregistré avec l’OPMC et des membres du Sirba octet et consacré à des compositeurs juifs émigrés aux USA, récompensé par un Choc de la Musique et Gramophone.

Au Printemps 2018 paraîtra chez Aparté un nouveau disque consacré à Richard Strauss enregistré avec l’Orchestre Symphonique de Prague.

Elle est aussi l’interprète privilégiée de compositeurs actuels, travaille en étroite collaboration avec danseurs et comédiens et enregistre pour Aparté plusieurs intégrales saluées par la presse : Bach, Britten, Schumann, Fauré, puis Chopin et
Brahms.

Pédagogue recherchée, elle est professeur à la Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève depuis 2014.

L’on peut l’entendre régulièrement sur les ondes de France Musique, Culture, Inter, Radio Classique, Espace 2, la BBC, Radio 3, et la voir sur France 2, Mezzo ou Arte.

Ophélie Gaillard joue un violoncelle de Francesco Goffriller 1737 généreusement prêté par le CIC, et un violoncelle piccolo anonyme flamand.

www.opheliegaillard.com

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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.

Voted “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.

Ophélie Gaillard is a child of Baroque. She specialised in the Baroque cello from a very early age and for ten years shared the stage with Christophe Rousset, Emmanuelle Haïm and the Amarillis ensemble, amongst others. Then in 2005 she founded Pulcinella, a ‘collective’ of virtuoso soloists. Sharing her passion for performance on period instruments, they have been her regular accomplices ever since.

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 2000 she recorded Bach’s complete Cello Suites for Ambroisie, a recording that was highly acclaimed by the international press. Then in 2011 she repeated the exploit, this time for Aparté, a recording that earned her distinctions from Diapason (Diapason d’Or) and The Strad Magazine. Likewise, her recordings of Vivaldi’s Cello Sonatas and Concertos and the Cello Concertos of Boccherini reaped excellent ratings and several awards.

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.

Ophelie Gaillard is also very fond of the Romantic repertoire, which she plays as a soloist with orchestras such as the Japan Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Polish Radio Orchestra and the National Radio Orchestra of Romania (Bucharest), the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

Her recording for Ambroisie of the complete cello works of Schumann with Olivier Peyrebrune, piano, and Eric Speller, oboe, in 1999, and those of Chopin with pianist Edna Stern for Aparté in 2011 were highly acclaimed by the press, while the solo album Dreams (Aparté), made in 2009 at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, proved to be a great public success.At the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM), Ophélie Gaillard studied cello in Philippe Muller’s class, Baroque cello with Christophe Coin and chamber music with Maurice Bourgue, graduating with three premiers prix. She also has a degree in musicology from the Sorbonne and a national teaching diploma (cello). She regularly gives master-classes in Asia and in Latin and Central America, and she also teaches at the Conservatoires of Aulnay-sous-Bois (CRD) and Versailles (CRR).

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).

Ophélie Gaillard plays a cello by Francesco Goffriller (1737), generously loaned by CIC, and also an anonymous Flemish violoncello piccolo.

www.opheliegaillard.com