PATRICK GARDNER'S performances have been acclaimed by New York audiences,
critics, and an international roster of composers whose orchestral and choral works he has
conducted. Active in premiering new music, he has won the praise of such notable
composers as William Bolcom, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, and Lukas Foss.
Now in his
26th season as director of the Riverside Choral Society (RCS), Mr.
Gardner is also director of choral activities at Rutgers University, where he conducts the
Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir and the Rutgers University Glee Club. In the spring
of 2006, RCS and the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir appeared at Lincoln Center
with the Kirov Orchestra and the Rotterdam Philharmonic in performances of
Shostakovich's Second and Third Symphonies under the baton of Valery Gergiev. In
October 2006, Mr. Gardner prepared the men of his combined choirs for performances at
Lincoln Center, with the Kirov, of Shostakovich's Thirteenth Symphony, Babi Yar. In
September 2006, Mr. Gardner and the men's choirs, accompanied by Mischa and Cipa
Dichter, at Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, presented the world premiere of
the two piano version of the first movement of Babi Yar. In 2005, he prepared RCS for
presentations of Mahler's Second Symphony with Gergiev and the Kirov Orchestra at
Carnegie Hall and the NJPAC. The New York Times noted RCS's "sublime reading of
the choral finale." Mr. Gardner's critically acclaimed preparation of the choral work in
Handel's L'Allegro, performed at Lincoln Center in the summer of 2005, led to his
engagement to prepare Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts and Purcell's Dido
and Aeneas as part of the Mark Morris Dance Group's 25th anniversary season at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Recently Mr. Gardner presented concerts in Taichung, Taiwan, and in 2007 Mr. Gardner
presented master-classes for professional conductors in the Netherlands for NOVK,
Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Koordirigenten.
Mr. Gardner has prepared the Riverside Choral Society for the Mostly Mozart Festival in
performances of Mozart's Requiem and C minor Mass, Haydn's Creation, and numerous
other major works. In the past decade, RCS appeared with both the Mostly Mozart
Festival Orchestra and London's Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In the past
several years Mr. Gardner has conducted RCS in its own Lincoln Center performances of
the Beethoven Missa Solemnis, the Brahms Requiem, Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms,
Mozart's C minor Mass, and Lou Harrison's La Koro Sutro. In November 2005, Mr.
Gardner conducted Haydn's Creation at Rutgers University, and the previous October he
conducted Handel's Opus 4 Organ Concertos and Coronation Anthem no. 3 with Musica
Raritana, a period instrument orchestra of professional instrumentalists and graduate
students at Rutgers University. In recent orchestral performances at Rutgers and with
the Riverside Choral Society Orchestra Mr. Gardner has conducted the Brahms Second
Symphony, the Schubert Fifth Symphony, Haydn's Symphony no. 88, Shostakovich and
Mozart piano concerti, the Ibert Flute Concerto, Arvo Pårt's Canticum in Memoriam
Benjamin Britten and Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral.
Mr. Gardner prepared the Rutgers University Glee Club for a performance of
Schoenberg's Gurrelieder with the Philadelphia Singers and The Philadelphia Orchestra,
conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. He was the chorusmaster for the internationally
acclaimed Robert Altman production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress at the Opéra
de Lille in France.
Mr. Gardner has recorded for Naxos, Albany, Ethereal, and Folkways records.