Gallois began his flute studies at the Paris Conservatory under Jean-Pierre Rampal at the age of 17. Two years later he was appointed first flautist of the Lille Philharmonic Orchestra, and after another two years became first flautist of the Orchestre National de France.

He discontinued his work as an orchestral musician in 1984 and began focusing on a career as a soloist. Gallois has performed under the most highly esteemed conductors, including Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Lorin Maazel, Pierre Boulez, Karl Boehm and Leif Segerstam.

He has premiered numerous flute concertos, and many contemporary composers have also dedicated their compositions to him. He has also served as a conductor, and has worked in this capacity with orchestras in Europe, the USA and Japan. Gallois was Chief Conductor of the Jyväskylä Sinfonia from 2003 to 2013.

Patrick Gallois

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