Ryan Selberg: Ryan Selberg, has been Principal Cello of the Utah Symphony since 1975. Originally from Los Angeles, he studied with Patricia Thomsen Pinkston and Joseph di Tullio, graduated from UCLA with a BA in Music Performance, spent two and a half seasons in Los Angeles Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and worked as a freelance musician in Hollywood. Before coming to Utah, he spent three years as principal cellist of the Edmonton Symphony in Alberta, where he also taught and performed at Alberta College, the University of Alberta, and the Banff School of Fine Arts.
In addition to his duties as principal cellist of the Utah Symphony, Mr. Selberg is an active recitalist and chamber musician and has been featured soloist with the Utah Symphony. He spent fourteen years on the faculty of the University of Utah, and continues to teach privately. Since 1997, he has been artist-in-residence at the Black Glove Cello Festival in St. George.
Mr. Selberg and his wife have two sons, Erik and Scott. Beside the cello, other interests include golf, woodworking, photography, and fishing.
Liz Davis Maxfield: Liz is a rising star in the Celtic music scene and she is revolutionizing the use of cello in performance.”—Natalie Haas
Liz Davis Maxfield is an eclectic cellist with extensive experience as a performer, composer, recording artist, and educator. She started playing the cello at the age of ten and she recorded her first album before she turned twelve. Since that time, Liz has recorded ten albums and has been featured on dozens more.
Soon after graduating from Berklee College of Music, she was awarded a Fulbright to study towards a MA in Irish Traditional Music Performance at the University of Limerick.
Her book, “The Irish Cello Book: Traditional Tunes and Techniques” (published earlier this year by Berklee Press and Hal Leonard) has garnered positive reviews and has been dubbed "The definitive classic for cellists looking to play Irish music in an authentic and meaningful way.”—Mike Block
Liz has performed across the globe as a solo artist and with various groups including New Time Ensemble, Folk Arts Quartet, and Ampersand. Her compositions for cello choir are enjoyed by a wide range of cellists, and she teaches folk and alternative cello styles privately, via Skype, and in workshops throughout the nation. She lives in Provo, Utah with her husband, Andrew Maxfield, and her son, Eliot. She plays a 2007 J.P. Lucas cello.
Brittany Platt Gardner: Brittany Platt Gardner began her cello studies at the age of eight after receiving a cello as a birthday present. Ms Gardner has been the winner of many competitions , and has held the position of principal cellist with many orchestras, including 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 has taught with the Salt Lake Youth Chamber Society, the Gifted Music School (Salt Lake City, UT), the Barbara Kehoe Music School, the Carey and Elliott Cheney Cello Studio, Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute, and as a guest teacher with the Preparatory Department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has also assisted 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).
Ms. Gardner performs in the community both as soloist and collaborative artist, appearing with such groups as the Orchestra at Temple Square, and the Utah Symphony, and as performer with the Intermezzo Chamber Series. She currently serves on the board of the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, is Director of the Preparatory Division of The Gifted Music School, and maintains a private cello studio.
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.
Ms. Gardner plays on a 2001 cello, affectionately known as "Henry", made by contemporary luthier Lawrence Wilke.
Francesca Rose: Francesca Rose has studied cello with Ryan Selberg and John Eckstein of the Utah Symphony. She grew up in Southern Utah, where she was selected as a soloist for the Southwest Symphony’s Salute-to Youth. She was the assistant principal cellist for the Southwest Symphony for several years, and held the principal cellist position from 1995-1998. Francesca is co-founder of the Black Glove Cello Festival, and loves to play cello. As a freelance cellist, she performs regularly with local community symphonies, chamber orchestras, and does recording work, in addition to helping out various children’s groups in the Salt Lake valley. Francesca and her husband have two daughters. She loves to garden, knit, and homeschool her children. Francesca has a degree in math, with a music minor, and has taught cello for 15 years.