Annabelle Gardiner

Associate Professor of Violin amgardiner@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BM in Violin Performance, Eastman School of Music
MM in Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music


Professor Annabelle Gardiner is an associate professor of music at Southeastern University. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Professor Gardiner received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. While at Eastman she studied violin with Zvi Zeitlin and Oleh Krysa and chamber music with members of the Cleveland Quartet.

Professor Gardiner has been performing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 and was appointed as assistant concertmaster in August 2010. She is a former member of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and has served as a regular substitute violinist with the Pittsburg Symphony Orchestras. She has worked with internationally renowned conductors such as James DePreist, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin and John Williams, to name a few. Abroad, Professor Gardiner has performed with her husband in the Philippines, Malaysia, Switzerland and Germany.

Currently, Professor Gardiner performs as associate concertmaster with Opera Tampa, as concertmaster of the Beach Festival of Central Florida, and as an extra musician with the Florida Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she performs with the Kozmik String Quartet and the Bella Muscia Ensemble. In addition to her orchestral career, Professor Gardiner has extensive performing experience ranging from Broadway musicals and pop/rock concerts to 20th-century music. She has appeared in concerts with orchestral backup for Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Andrea Bocelli, Manheim Steamroller, Arturo Sandoval, Mel Torme, Itzhak Perlman and Renee Fleming, as well as many other renowned artists. She has also been a member of several recording projects for Disney and Busch Gardens.

Most recently, Professor Gardiner performed as concertmaster for the National Broadway Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess in Tampa and performed Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. This summer she will teach at the MasterWorks Festivals as part of the String Intensive Study Program.