Gardiner von Trapp is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at New York University. His fascination with the biological basis of auditory perception and learning began while at music school studying cello. How is it that profound changes in the ability to perceive rhythm, pitch, harmony, tone-color, etc. could be brought about by the exposure to and interaction with music? Now, using experimental and computational methods, he is studying how single cells in the brain represent and ultimately give rise to the perception of sound. Gardiner is a published scientist and has presented his work at numerous national conferences. He also received the prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for his research on auditory neuroscience.
Prior to life in Brooklyn, Gardiner grew up in Vermont and left to pursue a Bachelors in Music and eventually Brain Science at the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music. Past teachers include Steven Doane, Kathleen Kemp, and Michael Reynolds. In addition to playing with the SOB, Gardiner is an avid lover of bikes and plant life.