Georges Raillard was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1957. There he completed primary and secondary studies, as well as studies in foreign languages at university. From 1983 to 2001 he lived in Madrid, Spain, as a language teacher, translator, and writer. Since 2001 he has lived as a writer, composer for guitar, translator, and archivist mainly in Basel, though still spending longer periods of time in Spain looking for inspiration.

From 1973 to 1978 he took private classes on classical guitar and composition with Elfin F. Vogel, who now lives and works in New York City. Since 1974 he has composed more than 50 pieces for guitar. He publishes them on his website www.georges-raillard.com. His composition „Disintegration“ (German title: „Zerfall“) won the second prize of the composition competition at the Festival Claxica 2010 in Castel d’Aiano, Italy, the first prize not being assigned.

In German he has published short stories, articles, and reviews in magazines and anthologies in German-speaking countries, as well as five books with short stories: Hirnströme eines Stubenhockers [Brain Currents of a Homebody] (1994), Das Wort und der Schrei [A Word and a Shout] (1997), Herr Monza oder Herr Monza [Mr. Monza or Mr. Monza] (2002), Der Lauf des Amazonas [The Course of the Amazon] (2009),  Aus dem Hintergrund Chorgesang [Choral Singing from the Background] (2013).

Albums

Patterns

Release Date: August 9, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6243
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Cello
Guitar
Percussion
PATTERNS, a multi-composer compilation of contemporary chamber music, accentuates the richness, intricacy, and minimal sound that can be found in works written for small ensembles. Included on the album are works by seven composers, each offering a distinct interpretation of what defines the genre.
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Butterflies in the Labrynth of Silence

Release Date: January 13, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6071
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
Guitar
In his second project with PARMA Recordings, Swiss composer Georges Raillard gifts us with 12 solo classical guitar compositions on BUTTERFLIES IN THE LABYRINTH OF SILENCE, all performed by renowned guitarist David William Ross.

The album follows the Sinking Islands suite, Raillard’s first project with PARMA Recordings, which appeared on BETWEEN THE ECHOES, a Navona Records compilation album featuring chamber works.

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Between The Echoes

Release Date: September 9, 2016
Catalog Number: NV6057
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Guitar
Wind Ensemble
Navona’s latest compilation release, BETWEEN THE ECHOES, showcases selected recent chamber works, expressing the common theme of recollections and interpretations of past experiences. Moving across the spectrums of moods and dramatics, each piece brings a harmonic resolution to its soulful journey. This album joins multiple personalities in a collection of propulsive musical expression.
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