Brittany Platt Gardner began her cello studies at the age of eight after receiving a cello as a birthday present. A Suzuki student from the beginning, she has had the opportunity to study with some of the Suzuki Program's most prominent teachers, including Mr. Nakagima, Tanya Carey, Carol Tarr, Rodney Farrar, and Richard Aaron. She has taken Teacher Training courses with David Evenchick, Pam Devenport, Beth Goldstein-McKee, Carey Beth Hockett, Cathy Lee, Carey Cheney, Alicei Ann O'Neill and Susan Baer. Ms Gardner has held the position of principal cellist with many orchestras, including Sinfonia Salt Lake, the Orchestra at Temple Square, Young Artist Chamber Players, the University Circle Orchestra at Case Western Reserve University and the University Philharmonia Orchestra at the University of Michigan. Ms Gardner also participated with the Rocky Mountain Youth Camerata as Assistant Principal on their European Tour in 1998. She continues to perform in the community both as soloist and collaborative artist. Ms Gardner has been the winner of various competitions held by the Utah Symphony Youth Guild, the Utah State Fair Music Competition, the Joan Terr Ronis Music Competition, the Marrowstone Music Festival, the University of Utah, and the Michigan Music Teachers� Association. As a result, she has appeared as soloist with the Marrowstone Festival Orchestra, the University of Utah Philharmonia, the Young Artist Chamber Players, and the University Circle Orchestra. An avid teacher, Ms Gardner has maintained a private cello studio for over fifteen years, as well as teaching with the Salt Lake Youth Chamber Society (Salt Lake City, UT), the Gifted Music School (Salt Lake City, UT), the Barbara Kehoe Music School (Mayfield Hts, OH), the Carey and Elliott Cheney Cello Studio (Salt Lake City, UT), Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute (Broomfield, CO), Intermountain Suzuki String Institute (Salt Lake Cit, UT) and as a guest teacher with the Preparatory Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, OH). Ms. Gardner has also used her teaching skills in assisting with the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (Salt Lake City, UT), the Cleveland Music School Settlement (Cleveland, OH) and the Huron High School Orchestra (Ann Arbor, MI). She currently serves on the board of the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute and is the Director of the Suzuki School for Strings at the Gifted Music School. Ms Gardner holds a Master of Music degree in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Anthony Elliott. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance, graduating summa cum laude from the joint degree program between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron.