A 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 as best student of all instruments, was awarded the Prix de la Ville de Marseille.
A winner of 1st Grand Prix at Alessandria Competition, 1st Prize in Locquémeau, 1st Prize in Savona, 1st Prize in Sernancehle, Finalist at Concert Artists Guild New York, Honor Diplom at Accademia Chigiana and 2nd Prize at Guitar Foundation of America, Gaëlle has performed in more than 30 countries including Germany, Myanmar, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Spain, France, Gabon, India, Iceland, Italy, Laos, Malaysia, Morocco, Mexico, Palestina, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Peru, Serbia, Switzerland, Tunisia, USA and Japan.
She has performed in Festival dIle de France, Noches en los Reales Alcázares in Sevilla, Festival dAvignon, Festival Montpellier-Radio France and at Salle Cortot (Paris), Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley), Tsuda Hall, Nikkei Hall, Oji Hall in Tokyo, Merkin Concert Hall (NY) and at the Guitar Foundation of America’s Nation Convention in 2011. She has presented concertos with the Berkeley Symphony, the Garde Républicaine Orchestra and the Philharmonic Turin Orchestra.
Recent and upcoming USA recitals include New York City Classical Guitar Society; the Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival (VA); Interlochen (MI); Cleveland Guitar Weekend; St. Louis Classical Guitar Society; the GFA Conventions, Charleston and Louisville; Hillsborough Community College, Tampa; Xavier University, Cleveland; the State University of New York, Fredonia; Sarasota Classical Guitar Society; Clemson University; the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; the Nashville Public Library; and educational outreach recitals for the Austin Classical Guitar Society, Texas, and teaching for the Albuquerque Public Schools.