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Ricardo Gallardo
artistic director

RICARDO GALLARDO, percussionist
Born in  Mexico City,  Ricardo Gallardo studied at The Conservatory  and The School of Music of The University of Mexico.  He also studied in Canada, on a Scholarship  from  The Banff Centre for The Fine Arts, where he played and collaborated with outstanding musicians and composers.  He moved to London where he completed  a Masters Degree in Performance  at The  City University .

To date, he has performed widely in the Americas and Europe in solo concerts, record releases, as well as many radio and T.V. broadcasts.

In 1993, he founded Tambuco, one of the world's leading percussion ensembles. At present , Ricardo Gallardo performs  constantly  in Europe, Asia  and the Americas, collaborating  closely  with several composers on new percussion pieces that are written specially  for him.

Due to his outstanding  trajectory as percussionist, he has received  several awards such as The Mexican Council for the Arts and Culture scholarship , The British  Council fellowship, the Stipendienpreis  by the Darmstadt New Music Institute, The University of Mexico's Award for Artistic Creation and the Mozart Gold Medal,  in degree of excellence, awarded by the Austrian Embassy and Domecq Cultural Institute.
As part of Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, RIcardo Gallardo was nominated three times for the GRAMMY Award, including Best Classical Album, Best Small Ensemble and Best Latin Classical Album for the recording of Carlos Chavez Chamber Music alongside Southwest Chamber Music.

Ricardo Gallardo is one of the most dynamic percussionist of today and one of Latin-America's leading performers. He has recorded as soloist in special  radio broadcasts for The Canadian Broadcasting corporation (CBC), National Radio of Spain, Swedish Radio, South Germany and Mexican Radio Corporations.
He has performed in some of the most important new music festivals in Europe and America amongst which can be mentioned:  Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico; Het Slagwerk Festival in Holland; Electrifying Exotica Festival, The Nettlefold Festival and The Henley Festival in England; Voices  in Scotland; Festival International  de Musique Experimentale in Bourges, France; Elektrisk Helg, in Sweden; Percussive Arts Society International Convention in the USA;  Festival Europalia in Belgium, Luxembourg and Holland; Festival Latinoamericano de Música in Venezuela; The ISCM World Music Days in Mexico City; and Festival Inventionen in Berlin; The Green Umbrella concerts in LA  plus many performances as soloists with symphony orchestras.
The repertoire of Ricardo Gallardo includes all principal works for solo percussion, percussion concerti and diverse chamber music combinations. He has commissioned a great  number of pieces  written by Latin American and European composers who often employ ethnic percussion instruments, combined with electronic and computer media resources.

Both as soloist as well as artistic director of Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, Ricardo Gallardo focuses his priorities on expanding the creation of music for percussion and its performance for all audiences, as well as promoting percussion works of Latin-American composers.

Press Reviews:

“With no doubt, one of the best Mexican Musicians of our time”              La Jornada (Mexico)
“Ricardo Gallardo offered a stunning virtuoso performance”                      Sonic Arts (England)

“Enormous musical quality, an artistic experience of vast dimensions”    La Jornada (Mexico)

"Ricardo Gallardo gave us virtuosic and colourful performances,
cultural atavisms, and with a great rhythmic complexity"           Frankfurter Allgemeine (Germany)