Ophélie Gaillard

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Ophélie Gaillard (born June 13, 1974) is a French cellist.

Early life[edit]

Gaillard was born in Paris. While studying at the Conservatoire de Paris, she obtained three first prizes in music: one in chamber music in the class of Maurice Bourgue, one in cello in the class of Philippe Muller, and one in baroque cello in the class of Christophe Coin. A recipient of a Certificate of Aptitude in cello pedagogy and a license in musicology from the Sorbonne, Gaillard has been teaching since 2000.[1][2]

In 1998, she won third prize in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, and was voted "Revelation: Solo Instrumentalist of the Year" at the Victoires de la musique classique in 2003. She is a recitalist and champion of the solo cello repertoire, from the Bach suites to contemporary music.[3]


Her recordings from the Ambroisie label of the solo Bach cello suites, Britten's cello suites, and his cello sonata with pianist Vanessa Wagner were noticed by music critics internationally.[4]


Since 2004, she has worked with accordionist Pascal Contet. She also collaborates with dancers, in particular Daniel Larrieu and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

In 2005, Ophélie Gaillard founded Pulcinella, a chamber ensemble dedicated to playing Baroque music on period instruments.[5]


Ophélie Gaillard plays a rare cello made by Francesco Goffriller in 1737.[2] After a knifepoint robbery in Paris on 15 February 2018,[6] reported on Facebook, it was anonymously returned two days later.[7]

She also owns an 1855 Bernardel cello, which she uses for romantic and modern music.[citation needed]


  1. ^ fr:Ophélie Gaillard
  2. ^ a b "Ophelie Gaillard (Cello, Conductor) - Short Biography". Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  3. ^ Le violoncelle: ses origines, son histoire, ses interprètes, Auteur: Lyse Vézina,Éditeur Varia, 2006, ISBN 2896060324, ISBN 9782896060320
  4. ^ Revue des deux mondes Éditeur Revue des Deux Mondes, 2008
  5. ^ "Ensemble Pulcinella (Instrumental & Vocal Ensemble) - Short History". Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "French musician robbed of million-euro cello at knifepoint". The Guardian. February 16, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Rare cello returned after knifepoint theft in Paris". BBC. February 17, 2018. Retrieved February 17, 2018.

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