Júlia - profile

Júlia Gállego



When and where was your first concert with the MCO? My first concert with the MCO was in November 1998 as an extra player in Don Giovanni in Lyon.

What do you need to feel at home while on tour? I just need a bit of sun and a good bed!

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Planes, airports, packing suitcases, and restaurants everyday for every meal…

If you could play another instrument what would it be? If I could... I would be a conductor!

What’s the last book you read? L'écriture ou la Vie by Jorge Semprún.


Born in Altea (Spain), Júlia Gállego graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris with flute teachers Alain Marion, Raymond Guiot, Sophie Cherrier, Vincent Lucas and chamber music teachers Maurice Bourgue and Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

She was awarded the First Prize and Audience Prize at the ARD Competition with the Miró Ensemble in 2001, and First Prize at the Montserrat Alavedra chamber music competition with Haizea wind quintet in 1994.

As a chamber musician, Júlia works regularly with musicians such as Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Reto Bieri, Meesun Hong Coleman, Thomas Kaufmann, Joonas Ahonen, Gordan Nikolic, David Quiggle, Alba Ventura amongst others. She has also performed with ensembles including RCO Amsterdam, ]W[ Ensemble, and ensemble 0. Júlia also collaborates with Camerata Bern, Les Dissonances and MusicAeterna, and is the co-founder along with Gordan Nikolić of bandArt, with which she also performs as Principal Flute.

Júlia became a Member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 2005 and since 2006 she has been a teacher at the E.S.M.U.C. and at the Conservatori Superior de Música del LICEU, both in Barcelona where she lives with her husband Stéphane and two children, Mario and Sofia.