Cyril Pallaud

Choir and Orchestra Conductor, Organist


Orchestral and choir conductor, international concert organist, baritone and musicologist, Cyril Pallaud is an Associate Professor of Music in France. Mr. Pallaud was awarded, with highest distinction several first prize organ diplomas from Estelle Gerthoffert’s and Eric Lebrun’s organ class. He studied baroque music and interpretation with Lorenzo Ghielmi (Schola cantorum basiliensis) and voice with Francis Jeser, Robert Dumé (opera of Paris), Véronique Ougier and Glenn Chambers.


Mr. Pallaud won the 2008 Bach-Monsaigeon competition for best interpretation of the Canton of Leipzig works. He was awarded the Académie internationale de St-Bertrand-de-Comminges prize in 2009. Mr. Pallaud’s academic research was rewarded with the «French Musical Observatory Award» in 2010. In 2011, he received the «Prix Talent d'Avenir of Fond'action Alsace» award for the ensemble of his career. In 2012, his recording of the CD collection dedicated to the works of Boëllmann, won the "Léon d'or", the highest discography award given by the association "Boëllmann-Gigout." This recording, under Mr. Pallaud’s direction, received a four star rating. In 2014, his last recording received the Léon d’Or award.


Cyril Pallaud was appointed in 2009 as Chapel Master of the Glorious Cross Parish in Colmar and directs the Chamber Choir of Alsace specializing in medieval music. Since 2014, he is the director of the CAPELLA SACRA choir and professional orchestra, sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture. The ensemble specializes in the interpretation of sacred music works. In 2015, he was appointed director of the Vocal Ensemble Saint-Louis (VOCALYS).


He regularly performs in France and abroad and is a guest performer of prestigious festivals such as St-Bertrand-de-Comminges, Organi Antichi, Bach en Combrailles, Muri, Freiburg, Bordeaux, Ebersmunster, Zaragoza, Amorbach. He has accompanied numerous ensembles such as the Trois Frontières Choir, the Paris Aposiopée masters, the Colmar Elégie women's choir, and has performed as soloist with La Philharmonie orchestral ensemble.


His rich discography includes recordings performed on the  Oberhergheim, Offwiller and Steinbrunn-le-bas organs. After having taken part in the recording of the complete organ works of Léon Boëllmann as a world premiere, he is currently preparing the release of his next album devoted to the complete organ works of Georg Muffat.


Cyril Pallaud taught at the University Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux-III and was a member of the Center of Studies of the Modern and Contemporary Worlds of the University of Bordeaux. He is a founding member of «Orgues et Imaginaires», a research project, devoted to the organ. He is currently preparing a thesis on organs and Alsatian society. Director of the International Season of Sacred Music & Organ in Alsace, editor of the Organ History Review in Alsace (RHOA), he also hosts a radio broadcast entitled «La Voix des Anges». This broadcast is devoted to the subject of sacred music, and can be heard on the radio station Accent 4. 


As a respected lecturer, he regularly lectures at international conferences. Solicited several times by the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, he has lectured on Bach and Vivaldi for their pedagogical lecture series. Mr. Pallaud has authored over twenty lectures and scientific publications over the last five years. Pedagogue, Cyril Pallaud also teaches organ to young audiences with the objective of sharing his passion and knowledge hoping to inspire future musicians and audiences.

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