Violist GILLIAN GALLAGHER is making a considerable name for herself as a multi-dimensional artist and chamber musician, having collaborated with such eminent performers as violinist Arnold Steinhardt, pianists Claude Frank and Jerome Lowenthal, Tokyo String Quartet, and violinist and composer Mark O'Connor. She tours the U.S. extensively as violist of both O'Connor's acclaimed Appalachia Waltz Trio, with whom she has performed since 2007; and the O'Connor Quartet. Gallagher has given recitals in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater with international festival engagements at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan; Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy; Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada; and California's Music@Menlo. A devoted promoter of new and contemporary music, she has premiered over a dozen new works at the Museum of Modern Art's Summergarden Series in New York. She is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher and has been on viola faculty at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Mark O'Connor's String Camps, and the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival. Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Gallagher received both her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman, Misha Amory, and Hsin-Yun Huang.
In this rehearsal of Richard Carrick's "à cause du soleil" Flow Trio , Gillian Gallagher not only rises up to the challenge of her aggressive part, but she discusses creative methods to perform variation in harmonic execution under a naturally limiting dynamic spectrum for harmonics on the viola.