A native of Buenos Aires, José Gallardo started piano lessons at the age of five, at first at the Conservatory in Buenos Aires, later continuing his studies with Poldi Mildner in the Faculty of Music at the University of Mainz, where he completed his diploma in 1997. His musical inspiration came from such artists as Menahem Pressler, Alfonso Montecino, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Sergiu Celibidache, Rosalyn Tureck and Bernard Greenhouse.
José Gallardo has won many national and international awards. Invitations followed for numerous tours and festivals in Lockenhaus, Asiago, Ludwigsburg, Schwetzingen, Kronberg, Rheingau and elsewhere. He has collaborated in chamber music with other musicians in Europe, Asia, Israel, Oceania and South America, among them Alberto Lysy, Gidon Kremer, Linus Roth, Barnabás Kélemen, Chen Zimbalista, Julius Berger, Miklós Perényi, Danjulo Ishizaka and Nicolas Altstaedt.
From 1998 to 2008 he taught in the Faculty of Music at the University of Mainza and since autumn 2008 has been teaching at the Leopold Mozart Centre at the University of Augsburg.