Vanessa Gardner started playing the French horn at the age of 11. In the fall of 1999, Vanessa moved to Boston where she studied under the tutelage of David Ohanian at the Boston Conservatory and graduated with honors in 2003. Vanessa joined the Longwood Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and was appointed principal horn in 2008. Vanessa enjoys cooking and has a side job as a private caterer. She also works as Concerts Manager at MIT. She resides in Lowell with her husband and two dogs.