Geoffrey Gartner

Geoffrey Gartner is a Sydney based musician and educator. He is an exponent of the upside-down cello and is a passionate advocate of the Fluxus ethos. Conductor, cellist and performance artist, Geoffrey is a committed advocate of the avant-garde. He has premiered countless pieces and has enjoyed working relationships with many leading composers both here and abroad.

He is thrilled to be renewing his acquaintance with one of Australia’s great composers, Elena Kats-Chernin, in these performances with the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.

In his role as a cellist, Geoffrey regularly performs with contemporary music groups Ensemble Offspring and Halcyon and has appeared at some of the world’s leading contemporary music festivals, including the Warsaw Autumn, the ISCM World New Music Days and the Roaring Hoofs Festival in Mongolia.

In April Geoffrey premiered Italian composer Ezzio Bosso’s work, LANDforms in a season of performances with the Sydney Dance Company. August will see Geoffrey flying west to give recitals and masterclasses at the University of Western Australia.

Geoffrey recently made his European conducting debut directing the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra on its concert tour of Eastern Europe to celebrate the Chopin
bicentenary. Later this year he will conduct the SBS Youth Orchestra in a performance of Sibelius’ Second Symphony.

Geoffrey holds a Doctorate in contemporary music performance from the University of
California, San Diego. He is a faculty member in the Department of Academic Studies at the Australian Institute of Music, where he lectures in music history, Latin music, harmony and aural and  always brings his unique performer’s perspective to the lecture theatre.