Gillian Caldwell came to Edmonton in 1977 to join the cello section of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, her studies took her to the Guildhall School of Music in London, England, McGill University in Montréal and Peabody University in Baltimore, Maryland.
With her husband Richard, ESO violinist since 1973, they formed the Rococo String Quartet, the (now defunct) Edmonton Chamber Orchestra and more recently the Edmonton Medical Professions Orchestra. Ms Caldwell is an avid old house renovator and teaches many adult amateur cellists. She has also served three terms as a member of the ESS Board of Directors.