B i o g r a p h ie
A winner of 1st Prize at Alessandria Competition, 1st Prize in Locquémeau, 1st Prize in Savona, 1st Prize in Sernancehle, Finalist at Concert Artists Guild NY and 2nd Prize at Guitar Foundation of America, Gaëlle has performed in more than 40 countries.
Guitarist of extraordinary passion and virtuosity, Gaëlle Solal was born in Marseilles (France) and began the guitar at age 6 with René Bartoli. At 14, she won three gold medals at the Conservatoire de Marseilles and was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille. She studied then with Roland Dyens, Oscar Ghiglia, Alvaro Pierri among others great masters.
She has performed in major festivals: Festival d’Ile de France, Avignon, Montpellier-Radio France as well as prestigious halls: Salle Cortot, Zellerbach Hall, Tsuda Hall, Nikkei Hall, Merkin Hall. She has presented concertos with the Berkeley Symphony, the Garde Républicaine and the Philharmonic Turin Orchestra. Recent recitals include GFA’s convention as well as a tour in Canada and her debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming recitals will bring her to France, US, UK and Holland presenting solo concerts as well as her new project “Crazy Nails!”, a show-concert with Boris Gaquere bringing the audience across borders of music, comedy and clown.
Gaëlle developped her skills as teacher at the Sevilla Superior Conservatory till 2009 as well as masterclasses all around the world.
She recorded two Cds : Maestri della Chitarra and Chaconnes & Passacailles. Gaëlle plays with Savarez strings Cantiga and a Verreydt/Gozzini guitar.