Gallois was born in Linselles near the town of Lille in the north of France. At the age of 17 he began studies at the Conservatoire de Paris with the celebrated flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and after two years received the First Prize. At the age of 21 he became principal flutist of the Orchestre National de France under Lorin Maazel. He served in that capacity from 1977 to 1984. In 1984 he left this post for a career as a flute soloist and, later, conductor.
Gallois has played under many famous conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Karl Böhm, Eugen Jochum, and Sergiu Celibidache. He also regularly performs and records with leading conductors and collaborates chamber music with Yuri Bashmet, Natalia Gutman, Peter Schreier, Jörg Demus, and the Lindsay String Quartet Formerly, he performed with Jean-Pierre Rampal and the harpist Lily Laskine.
From 2003 till 2012 Gallois was the music director of Jyväskylä Sinfonia in Jyväskylä, Finland. He toured with the orchestra in Europe and Japan.
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