Reuben Blundell

The 2016-17 season is Reuben’s fifth conducting The Chelsea Symphony. Since 2009, he has conducted the orchestra at CUNY’s Hunter College (where he is Assistant Professor), growing it from a small chamber orchestra to a symphony orchestra performing major classics by Dvořák and Tchaikovsky and new works by American composers. They’ve given Latin American works their U.S. premieres and collaborated with theater, museums, classical dance, and even an Iraqi hip-hop troupe. He teaches violin, conducting chamber music, wind ensemble, and the newly-formed string ensemble. He also conducts the Riverside Orchestra.

Blogging for the Huffington Post, most recently Reuben posted from Lebanon and Iraq (in August 2016) conducting for the U.S. State Department-sponsored American Voices. He has also performed in his native Australia, in Austria, Chile, Iraq, Japan’s Peace Park and Urakami Cathedral, the Concertgebouw in the Netherlands, and across the United States. He conducted the New World Symphony in their 2013 John Cage centennial: Making the Right Choices.

The current season marks the beginning of a recording project with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra in suburban Philadelphia, where he is music director. His recent recording, American Romantics, with the Gowanus Arts Ensemble, garnered outstanding reviews, including the American Record Guide: “I was completely mesmerized by this lovely recording, one of the best I’ve heard in some time.” He is a voting member of The Recording Academy (responsible for the GRAMMY Awards).

At Eastman, he earned a DMA in conducting with Neil Varon and took violin lessons with Zvi Zeitlin. Reuben’s violin was a gift from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. After studies in Melbourne and Sydney, he was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow (’02 and ’03) and a principal violinist in the New World Symphony (2003-05).