Biography

“Outsanding success of an internationally renowned artist. Ingrid Riollot captured the hearts of the audience with the high quality and beauty of her performance”. LeJSL French Newspaper April 2018

“The guitar lovers enjoyed a brilliant performance of a talented French virtuoso, Ingrid Riollot who opened the 23rd edition of the Festival International des Cordes Pincees de Rabat…” Maroc Diplomatic Oct 2018

Ingrid Riollot was born in France. She started learning music at 6 years old and classical guitar at 8 with Isabelle Regis-Touvron. She graduated from the National Conservatory of Music in Lyon (France) where she studied with Jesus Castro-Balbi and Marc Franceries. She earned all the distinctions with the higest rewards and received a “Special Prize” from The Philharmonic Society given to the youngest talented graduates. She continued her post-graduated studies in Barcelona under Ricardo Gallen. She holds all the French pedagogy diplomas for being guitar professor. As a student, she participated in european masterclasses with Joaquin Clerch, Marco Tamayo, Gerard Abiton, Costas Cotsiolis, Eric Franceries, Alberto Ponce.

Ingrid Riollot gives masterclasses, sits on juries and performed in many places: Societe de Guitare de Montreal (Canada), Universite du Quebec a Montreal (Canada), Hamilton Guitar 2018 (Canada), 23eme Festival International des Cordes Pincees de Rabat (Morocco), 2018 Taranaki Concert Series (New-Zealand),Taranaki Classical Summer School 2018 (New-Zealand), Alberton House Aukland 2016 (New-Zealand), 4th Wall Theatre New-Plymouth 2016 (New-Zealand), The Hong-Kong Academy for Performing Arts 2018 (HongKong), International Guitar Festival 2016 (HongKong), Atrium Chrurch (HongKong), Shenzhen International Guitar Festival 2016 (China), Shanghai (China), Trinity College London Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Trinity College London Johor Bahru 2017 (Malaysia), Johor Bahru Philharmoniker Classical Guitar Festival 2018 (Malaysia), Guitar Retreat Cameron Highlands (Malaysia), Sydney St Peter’s Church (Australia), Sydney Hunters Hill (Australia), Katoomba Carrington Ballroom 2015 (Australia), Nowra (Australia), Fiuggi Guitar Festival (Italy), Milano International Guitar festival (Italy), Classical Guitar Society (Mauritius Island), Classical Guitar Society (Rodriguez), Montreux (Switzerland), Coppet (Switzerland), Casa Luthier Barcelona (Spain), Renier III Academy (Monaco) and in numerous prestigious venues in France : Hotel d Ville de Paris, Les Guitares en Cormatinois, Nancyphonies, Adagio Thionville, Les 4 Saisons en Charolais, Mirecourt Museum, Gustave Courbet Museum, Ecole de Nancy Museum, Nancy Music Conservatory, Superior School of Arts Lorraine, French Guitar Society, Basilique Notre Dame de Lourdes Nancy, Theatre Conflore (Reunion Island), Music Conservatory (Reunion Island), Institut d’Enseignement Superieur de la Musique en Europe et Mediterranee, CEFEDEM Normandie, Fondation de Coubertin…

Ingrid Riollot taught for 20 years in French Music Conservatories: Albertville, Nancy, L’Hay-Les-Roses and Montbeliard where she was the head of guitar studies and in Geneva Studio Kodaly, Switzerland.

Since 2018, Ingrid and Damon Smallman give lectures and demonstrations about history, construction and design of Smallman guitars.

Since 2019, she is dedicating her time performing, giving masterclasses and being part of jury competitions. Currently, she plays on a 2017 Greg Smallman and Sons Damon & Kym guitar. She is sponsored by Savarez. She is the Sponsor of Mauritius Classical Guitar Society, She is President of the French Guitar Society, She lives in Australia & France.