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Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse- direction Gilles Colliard

Gilles Colliard
Musical Director

Gilles Colliard is a soloist, conductor, composer and teacher – in other words he is a multifaceted musician.
He was born in Switzerland and was taught by Jean-Pierre Wallez at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève where he won a first prize for virtuosity. He then refined what he had learned with Tibor Varga and, at the same time, specialised in the interpretation of the Baroque repertoire on period instruments.
From 1996 to 2004, Christophe Coin invited Colliard to join him as solo violinist on numerous tours which saw him performing at all the major international venues as both a soloist and a chamber musician.
Having been first violinist in the Ravel quartet, artistic director of the Early Music Department at the CRR de Toulouse and having also taught violin both there and at the CESMD, he has been musical director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse since 2004.
He is regularly invited to take part in festivals (Casals, Montreux, Berlin, Santander, etc.) and has performed in Paris (Châtelet), Tokyo (Kyoi Hall), London (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Moscow (Tchaikovsky Conservatoire), Berlin (Kleine Philharmonie ) and Geneva (Victoria Hall).
Gilles Colliard is interested in all of the repertoires. He performs concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Bartok, Tchaikovsky, Paganini, etc. with orchestras such as the London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Budapest Concentus Hungaricus, North Carolina Orchestra, the Bohemian Philharmonic Orchestra, etc.

As a conductor, in addition to the symphonic repertoire (Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, etc., with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bienne, the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, etc.), Gilles Colliard loves performing works involving choirs. Amongst other pieces he conducted Jean Gilles’ Requiem at the Cathédrale Saint Etienne in Toulouse to mark the 300th anniversary of the composer’s death, Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Cavalieri’s Rappresentazione di Anima e di Corpo, Haydn’s Last Seven Words Of Christ On The Cross and Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, along with the first performances of many contemporary works.

As a result of his passion for composition and his need to express his own musical he wrote his first works at the age of just fifteen and the State and City of Geneva went on to finance a recording of his own compositions.
The European Research Centre later commissioned him to write an opera which was then premiered at the Grand Théâtre de Limoges in 2002. Since then Gilles Colliard has been asked to compose many pieces.
Régis Pasquier gave the first performance of his violin concerto in 2010.

He has a large discography comprising more than thirty recordings (all of Haydn, Mozart and Bach’s concertos, works for solo violin and many first recordings) some of which have won prizes ( Télérama, Diapason d’Or, Monde de la Musique, etc.)
He plays a 1665 Guarnerius violin.
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