"...a firework of changing emotions" [Berliner Kurier]
"...a gentleman pianist with the subtle, but interpretative rich art of reduction of an all-round genius..." [Süddeutsche Zeitung]
"...The virtuous prestidigitation of the interpreter is impressive over and over again..." [Frankfurter Neue Presse]
José Gallardo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
At the age of 5, he began to take piano lessons at the Conservatory in Buenos Aires. Later, he continued his studies with Prof. Poldi Mildner at the Department of Music, University of Mainz, Germany, from which he graduated in 1997. During that time, he already discovered his predilection/affectation for chamber music.
He was musically inspired by artists like Menahem Pressler (Trio Beaux Arts, New York),
Alfonso Montecino (Bloomington, Indiana), Karl-Heinz Kämmerling (Hanover, Germany),
Sergiu Celibidache (Munich, Germany), and Rosalyn Tureck (New York).
José Gallardo received numerous national and international awards, such as:
In 1990, he won the first prize at the Westphalian Music Festival in Hamm, Germany.
In 1991, he was given the "Johannes Gutenberg" award by the University of Mainz, Germany.
In 1992, he won the first prize at the international Piano Contest in Cantù, Como, Italy.
Together with cellist Ms. Sung Hyun-Jun he won the first prize and the prize of the international press jury in Trapani, Italy, in 1995.
Invitations to numerous musical festivals, such as:
Festival of Chamber Music in Lockenhaus, Germany
Festival of Asiago, Italy
"Music of the World" Festival in Pforzheim, Germany
Cello Festival in Kronberg, Germany
Castle Festival in Zwingenberg, Germany
Days of Culture in Appenau, Germany
"Sandstone and Music" in Dresden, Germany
Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, Germany
Rheingau Musical Festival, Germany
Concerts in Europe, Asia, Israel, Oceania, and South America.
Chamber musical cooperations with Alberto Lysy, permanent partner of the Israeli percussionist Chen Zimbalista and Linus Roth, Natascha Korsakova, Friedemann Eichhorn, Sung Hyun-Jung, Julius Berger, Martin Dobner et al.
He gives concerts in domestic music halls and abroad, amongst these are the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Musikhalle Hamburg, the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, the Teatro della Pergola Florence and the Wigmore Hall in London. In 2005, several concerts will be arranged in New York and Chicago. Further, CD recordings are planned, amongst others in collaboration with Linus Roth for EMI Classics.
He is actively involved in many master courses with Maxim Vengerov, Siegfried Palm, Bernard greenhouse, Steven Isserlis et al.
On the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the Independence Day of the State Israel, he performed at the Philharmony in Berlin together with Chen Zimbalista.
Since 1998, he is working as assistant professor at the Department of Music, University of Mainz, Germany.