Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, José Gallardo began at the age of five with piano lessons, first in Buenos Aires at the Conservatory. Later he continued his studies with Prof. Poldi Mildner at the Department of Music, University of Mainz and received his diploma. During this time he discovered his passion for chamber music.
José Gallardo has won numerous national and international awards. Invitations to numerous tours and festivals followed, including the Chamber Music Festival Lockenhaus, Verbier Festival, Lucerne Festival, Chopin and his Europe Warsaw, Ludwigsburg Castle Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Schleswig Holstein, the Kronberg Cello Festival, Musiktage Hitzacker, Kaposfest Hungary and the Rheingau Music Festival.
From 1998 to 2008 he was a lecturer at the Department of Music, University of Mainz, since the fall of 2008 he taught at Leopold Mozart Centre, University of Augsburg.
Since 2013 he became, together with Andreas Ottensamer, artistic director of the chamber music festival "Bürgenstock Momente" in Lucerne.