Background, professional training and performance history
Ben Gardner initially wanted to play the cello, but instead chose the violin to make the walk to school easier. He quickly fell in love with the instrument, and 16 years later he holds 2 degrees in Violin Performance and has appeared as a soloist and ensemble member across the Western United States in both Classical ensembles and in orchestras specializing in Historical Performance Practice, playing on historically authentic instruments.
Ben holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon. Recently, he has performed in groups such as the Pacific Artist’s Collective, Sinfonia Spirituosa, Orchestra NEXT, and the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, and has taught in the University of Oregon Community Teaching Institute.
Artist statement and teaching philosophy
“The violin is capable of making some of the most beautiful sounds, and I aim to teach my students to make sounds that they can fall in love with. I emphasize the importance of fundamentals and musicality. I think that one of the best ways to learn music is to play with others, and will always encourage a student to form a group to play with. I aim to give students strong enough fundamentals to be able to take their playing in whatever direction they like.”
Instruments & classes taught
Ben teaches violin and viola to any age and ability level.