Episode 9: cellist Jun Gardiner

Cellist Jun Gardiner. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Our first performer for Episode 9 of The Talent is cellist Jun Gardiner!

Jun was born in Melbourne in 2010 and has been fascinated by music from an early age. He began learning the cello with Suzuki music teacher Takao Mizushima in Sydney at the age of 5. He relocated back to Melbourne in 2016 and completed his Suzuki study under Shoreh Phillips and currently studies under Michael Dahlenburg, cellist in the Australian String Quartet.


Jun completed the Grade 8 AMEB exam with Distinction in 2016 at age 7, and has won a number of local and international competitions. Most recently he was awarded first prize Cello Category 1 in the New Zealand International Young Talent Music Competition 2020/21. He will perform at the Auckland Gala Concert on July 17th (via a streamed video). In 2020, Jun won the Musical Society of Victoria ’15 and under’ String Competition (having won the ’12 and under’ section in 2019).


Jun has been selected as one of the finalists in this year’s Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition. The final will be held on May 30, 2021.

Jun is an active member of the Scotch College Symphony Orchestra and regularly performs at Musical Society of Victoria concerts. He performed as a soloist with Melbourne Chamber Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre in 2019.

Aside from playing cello Jun plays piano, and is an avid reader and keen sportsman.

Jun will perform:

  • Haydn: Mvt 3, Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major
  • Schumann: Adagio & Allegro, Op. 70

Listen to Jun perform on The Talent at 7pm on Tuesday, 11 May! Tune in on 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, or stream the broadcast live at 3mbs.org.au.

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