Romance Studies Welcomes Violinist Gabriel Richard

Romance Studies is happy to be welcoming Visiting Assistant Professor Gabriel Richard to the department next semester.


Professor Richard will be teaching two exciting new courses for Spring 2017, Si Versailles M’était Conté (Versailles and the Arts) and From the Court of Louis XIV to the Hip-Hop Garage: Dance in French Culture which will be co-taught by Romance Studies Assistant Professor Anne-Gaëlle Saliot. Below is a brief biography on Professor Richard. We hope many of our students are able to take advantage of these two compelling new course offerings.


Gabriel Richard is a tenured first violin at the Paris Orchestra, as well as the first violin of the Thymos String Quartet. He tours regularly in Japan, Korea, China, America, and Europe. With the Thymos Quartet, Richard has been invited to tour in the USA, Brazil, and Japan. He has recorded two CDs with the Thymos String Quartet, accompanied by the pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach. The Quartet’s recording of Dvorak with the label AVIE was awarded the Editor’s Choice by Gramophone in 2012. In 2011 Steve Reich declared Richard’s interpretation of his own Violin Phase at the Cité de la Musique “probably the best performance of the piece I have ever heard.” In 2012, The Washington Post described the performance of the Thymos Quartet at the Kennedy Center as “detailed down to the last atom, and overflowing with human experience.”