Pierre Gallon

Pierre Gallon • © Léonard de Serres

Harpsichord / France

Pierre Gallon grew up in a home that was overflwing with instruments of all kinds, offering him a limitless playground. When he was ten, he realised that the harpsichord offered the best way of expressing himself. Bibiane Lapointe and Thierry Maeder took him to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and its Early Music classes taught by Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou. He left in 2010 with two first prizes and the highest honors. Meetings with people such as Blandine Verlet, Elisabeth Joyé and Pierre Hantaï while he was studying were aesthetic epiphanies and deeply affected his approach to the instrument.

Pierre Gallon sees music as a primarily collective adventure – and as a result, even today, he involves himself in his work with well-known ensembles such as Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), le Poème Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre), Correspondances (Sébastien Daucé), Les Musiciens de Saint Julien (François Lazarevitch), and Le Caravansérail (Bertrand Cuiller).

Even so, the adventure takes him along equally captivating paths as Pierre explores the immense solo harpsichord repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance up to our own time.

In 2014, his first solo recording of works published by Pierre Attaingnant was unanimously acclaimed by critics. Pierre is often invited to play recitals at festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, the Académie Bach in Arques-la-Bataille, la Folle Journée in Nantes, the Abbaye de l’Epau festival, the Festival Poznan Baroque, at the Venitian Centre for Baroque Music and the Abbaye de Royaumont where he recorded a second CD celebrating Joseph Haydn’s music, released in January 2018.

Pierre also enjoys working with other keyboard playing friends ; he performed in a harpsichord duo with Bertrand Cuiller and, as a “band of harpsichords” with Yoann Moulin and Freddy Eichelberger.

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