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Annabelle M. Gardiner

School of Music

Associate Professor of Violin


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


Annabelle Gardiner is an Associate Professor of Music at Southeastern University, where she teaches violin, viola, string techniques, chamber music, chamber orchestra, and music theory.

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Ms. Gardiner received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. While at Eastman, she studied violin with Zvi Zeitlin and Oleh Krysa and chamber music with members of the Cleveland Quartet.

Ms. Gardiner has been performing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster in August 2010. In September 2017, she began her post as Associate Concertmaster. Ms. Gardiner 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 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with internationally renowned conductors such as James DePreist, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, and John Williams, to name a few.

In addition to her orchestral career, Ms. 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 Keith & Kristyn Getty, Idina Menzel, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Andrea Bocelli, Manheim Steamroller, Arturo Sandoval, Mel Torme, Itzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Yo-Yo Ma, as well as many other renowned artists. She has also been a member of several Disney recording projects and regularly records for Hal Leonard Music Publishers.

In addition to performing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Ms. Gardiner performs with the Candlelight Orchestra at Epcot and is an extra-hire musician with The Florida Orchestra.

During the summers, Ms. Gardiner teaches and performs at the Masterworks Festival, where she directs the String Intensive Studies Program.