Born in Mexico City, Ricardo Gallardo studied at The Conservatory and The School of Music of The University of Mexico. He also studied in Canada, on a Scholarship from The Banff Centre for The Fine Arts, where he played and collaborated with outstanding musicians and composers. He moved to London where he completed a Masters Degree in Performance at The City University .
To date, he has performed widely in the Americas and Europe in solo concerts, record releases, as well as many radio and T.V. broadcasts.
In 1993, he founded Tambuco, one of the world’s leading percussion ensembles. At present , Ricardo Gallardo performs constantly in Europe, Asia and the Americas, collaborating closely with several composers on new percussion pieces that are written specially for him.
Due to his outstanding trajectory as percussionist, he has received several awards such as The Mexican Council for the Arts and Culture scholarship , The British Council fellowship, the Stipendienpreis by the Darmstadt New Music Institute, The University of Mexico’s Award for Artistic Creation and the Mozart Gold Medal, in degree of excellence, awarded by the Austrian Embassy and Domecq Cultural Institute.
As part of Tambuco Percussion Ensemble, RIcardo Gallardo was nominated three times for the GRAMMY Award, including Best Classical Album, Best Small Ensemble and Best Latin Classical Album for the recording of Carlos Chavez Chamber Music alongside Southwest Chamber Music.