Reuben Blundell


The 2017-18 season is Reuben’s sixth conducting The Chelsea Symphony, where he’s also a violinist and sometimes concertmaster. It’s his fourth season as Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, where guest soloists include Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim. He’s also Music Director of the Riverside Orchestra on New York’s Upper West Side, collaborating with soloists from across New York including members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

At the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, he earned a DMA in conducting with Neil Varon and studied violin with Zvi Zeitlin. His violin was a gift from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and following 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). He also plays at the Mozart at Monteux Festival in Maine, led by TCS member Allison Kiger.

His recent CD, American Romantics, with the Gowanus Arts Ensemble, received glowing reviews, including Gramophone Magazine and American Record Guide: “I was completely mesmerized by this lovely recording, one of the best I’ve heard in some time.” The CD continues to be played regularly on WQXR and other stations across the US. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy (responsible for the GRAMMY Awards).

Reuben has performed in his native Australia, in Austria, Chile, Iraq, Japan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, and across the United States. He conducted the New World Symphony in their 2013 John Cage centennial: Making the Right Choices. From Fall 2009, he served as Assistant Professor at CUNY’s Hunter College, growing a small ensemble into a symphony orchestra, and he recently joined the conducting faculty at New York’s Trinity School.