Ronald Gardiner

Ronald K. Gardiner1Associate Professor of Cello
Director, Southeastern University String Orchestra
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BM in Cello Performance, Eastman School of Music
MM in Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music
Additional Studies at the Peabody Conservatory and the Hochschule for Musik in Freiburg, Germany


Professor Ronald Gardiner is currently an associate professor of music at Southeastern University and principal cellist of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

Homegrown in Lancaster Country, Pennsylvania, Professor Gardiner is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned a BM and MM degree in cello performance, with additional studies at the Hochschule for Musik in Freiburg, Germany, and the Peabody Conservatory.

During his student years, Professor Gardiner was a prizewinner of the Midland-Odessa National Young Artist Competition, held in Midland, Texas. While studying in Europe, he was invited to perform for Hungarian pianist Gyorgy Sebok in his international master classes held in Ernen, Switzerland. He has also performed in master classes for Mstislav Rostropovich, Steven Isserlis, Ronald Leonard, Paul Katz, Hans Jorgen-Jensen and Rheinhard Goebel.

As a professional orchestral musician, Professor Gardiner has worked with internationally renowned conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, James DePriest, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Shaw, John Williams and Yan Pascal Tortelier, among others. As both an orchestral and chamber musician, Professor Gardiner has recorded for the Vox Classics, BIS and Albany record labels.

An avid chamber musician, Professor Gardiner has studied with members of the Cleveland, Emerson, Juilliard, Guarneri, American and Mendelssohn string quartets at various festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Taos School of Music, the Winter Institute of String Quartets and the Warterloo Festival of the Arts at Princeton University.

Professor Gardiner was a member of the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and he performed as a regular substitute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic during his student years at Eastman.

An active freelance musician, Professor Gardiner has worked with artists such as Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Kool and the Gang, Mannheim Steamroller, The Gatlin Brothers, Wynonna Judd, Marvin Hamlisch and Itzhak Perlman, among others.

Former teaching positions include the music facilities of Houghton College and an adjunct faculty member at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester during his graduate studies.

During the summer, Professor Gardiner will perform and teach cello at the Master Works Festival as part of the String Intensive Study Program.