Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. JOSÉ GALLARDO began at the age of five with piano lessons, first in Buenos Aires at the Conservatory. Later he continued his studies with Prof. Poldi Mildner at the Department of Music, University of Mainz and received his diploma. During this time he discovered his passion for chamber music.
He was musically inspired by artists as Menahem Pressler, Alfonso Montecino, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Sergiu Celibidache, Rosalyn Tureck and Bernard Greenhouse. Jose Gallardo has won numerous national and international awards. Invitations to numerous tours and festivals followed, including the Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus, Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, Chopin and his Europe Warsaw, Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Schleswig Holstein, the Kronberg Cello Festival, Cork Music Festival, Musiktage Hitzacker, Kaposfest Hungary and the Rheingau Music Festival.
A busy concert and chamber music Cooperation in Europe, Asia, Israel, Oceania and South America connects him among others with Gidon Kremer, Barnabás Kelemen, Linus Roth, Benjamin Schmid, Carolin Widmann, Alina Ibragimova, Dmitry Sitkovetski, Nils Mönkemeyer, Andreas Ottensammer, Nicolas Altstaedt, Miklós Perényi, Maximilian Hornung.
Recordings for EMI, Hänssler, Challenge Records Int., Oehms Classics, Neon, Genuin, Warner and Naxos as well as television and radio productions in BR, SWR, MDR, BBC, RAI, etc.
From 1998 to 2008 he was a lecturer at the Department of Music, University of Mainz, since the fall of 2008 he taught at Leopold Mozart Centre, University of Augsburg.
Since 2013 he became, together with Andreas Ottensamer, artistic director of the chamber music festival “Bürgenstock Festival” in Lucerne.