Biography of Colliard Gilles:
GILLES COLLIARD is a multi-facetted musician, active as a soloist, orchestral conductor, composer and teacher. He was born in Switzerland and studied with Jean-Pierre Wallez at the Geneva Conservatory where he was awarded the Premier Prix de Virtuosité. He the studied with Tibor Varga and specialized also in the interpretation of the Baroque repertoire on period instruments. From 1996 to 2004 he often performed on tour as solo violinist with Christophe Coin at the latter’s invitation. This was an opportunity for Colliard to appear on the world’s greatest stages as both soloist and chamber musician. Colliard played first violin in the Ravel String Quartet, was the artistic director of the department for old music of the CRR in Toulouse, and taught violin at the same institution and at the CESMD in Toulouse. Since 2004 Gilles Colliard has been chief conductor of the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra. Besides appearing regularly at various festivals (Casals, Montreux, Berlin, Santander etc.), Colliard has also performed in Paris (Le Châtelet), Tokyo (Kyoi Hall), London (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Moscow (Tchaikovsky Conservatory), Berlin (Kleine Philharmonie) and Geneva (Victoria Hall). Gilles Colliard is interested in all the repertoire. Together with orchestras such as the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Concentus Hungaricus of Budapest, the North Carolina Orchestra and the Bohemian Philharmonic he has played the concertos of Brahms, Beethoven, Bartók, Tchaikovsky, Paganini etc. As a conductor, besides the symphonic repertoire (Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann etc.), which he has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique Bienne, the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux and others, Gilles Colliard also enjoys performing works for choir and orchestra. On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the composer’s death, Colliard conducted the Requiem of Jean Gilles in the Cathedral of St Stephen in Toulouse. He has also conducted Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Cavalieri’s La rappresentazione di anima e di corpo, the Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn, Lully’s Bourgeois gentilhomme and several contemporary works. Colliard’s passion for composition and his need to express his own musical ideas led him to write his first works at the age of 15. The Canton and City of Geneva have together financed a CD of his compositions. The Centre Européen de Recherche commissioned an opera from him that was performed at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva in 2002. Since then, Gilles Colliard has received several commissions. In 2010, Régis Pasquier performed his Concerto for Violin. Colliard’s extensive discography comprises more than thirty recordings (including concertos by Haydn, Mozart and Bach, pieces for violin solo and numerous premières) of which several have been given awards (ƒƒƒƒ Télérama, Goldene Stimmgabel, Monde de la Musique…). He plays on a violin by Guarnerius from 1665.