Patrick Gallois

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Biography

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Patrick Gallois belongs to the generation of French musicians leading highly successful international careers as both soloist and conductor. At the age of seventeen he studied the flute with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatoire and became solo flutist in Lille National Orchestra.

At the age of 21 he was appointed as principal flutist in the Orchestre National de France, under Lorin Maazel. He then began a seven-year career playing and recording under the direction of many well-known conductors, including Pierre Boulez and Seiji Ozawa. During this period, he studied with Leonard Bernstein and Sergiu Celibidache. In 1984, he decided to focus on a solo career which has taken him throughout the world, beginning in Japan, where he toured and sold 100,000 CDs of the Mozart flute concerto in one year. This success led to an exclusive contract with Deustch Grammophon Gesellshaft for which he recorded ten records. His career took a new dimension as a conductor and he signed an exclusive contract with Naxos. He has a wide repertoire both as a conductor and a flutist, with a strong taste for contemporary music. Many new works have been dedicated to him. Married to the Finnish painter Tiina Osara; they work regularly together, mixing symphonies of Franck, Bruckner or Strauss on “action painting” but also both of them improvising on stage. Patrick Gallois was Artistic Director of the Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä for 9 years. He has recorded over 40 CDs for Naxos, including 25 on which he conducted the early symphonies of Haydn, Mauricio Kagel and Peteris Vasks. The first CD of ballet music from Massenet with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra appeared recently, also Mozart’s piano concertos with Idil Biret and the London Mozart Players and now he is recording with the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Haydn’s symphonies.

Critics wrote of Massenet (2014):
Pizzicato: "Genuine Massenet Interpretationen"
Classical Candor: "These purely orchestral works continue to fascinate the listeners as demonstrated here by Maestro Patrick Gallois and Barcelona Symphony Orchestra"
GBOpera magazine: "la direction de Gallois se distingue par le choix de marquer avec décision les nuances et par la volonté de trouver un beau son"
MusicWeb International: "PG continues to prove himself an extremely skilled, sensitive conductor"
Barnes§Noble: "PG conducts in a straight-forward fashion, letting the inherently dramatic nature of the music come through on its own".

2016 is a very busy and eventful year, with tours that will bring him to Japan, Italy, Finland and Poland, among other destinations. January saw him in Mexico with Tiina Osara where he conducted Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony; in May he conducted Mahler’s First Symphony for the opening of the Mahler-Jihlava Festival in Czech Republic; and on 26 December, in Taiwan, he will conduct Richard Strauss’ Second Symphony.

His conducting career has not stopped his flute playing, and he plays regularly in New York, London and Paris. This season, he will be recording the complete set of Devienne’s twelve flute concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and finishing the six flutes concertos by Mercadante.

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