Gareth obtained a first-class honours degree in music from the University of Southampton, where he was also awarded the Peter Evans prize for outstanding performance. He studied cello with Paul Cox and then completed a postgraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music, where he studied baroque cello with Anthony Pleeth. He is now principal cello for La Serenissima, The Galeazzi Ensemble and Charivari Agréable, and has performed as principal with London Handel Orchestra, The New London Consort, Classical Opera Company, The Avison Ensemble, and many other orchestras and chamber ensembles. He has recorded over 20 CDs as principal cellist or soloist, including concertos and chamber music. These have garnered much critical acclaim including winning a Gramophone award in 2010 with La Serenissima for The French Connection, on Avie Records.