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Reuben Blundell

Violin
Conductor

Reuben joined The Chelsea Symphony as a conductor and violinist in 2012, conducting numerous premieres, concertos, symphonic works, and the orchestra’s 2020 virtual performance of Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas with John Lithgow.

Current and recent activities include leading the Riverside Orchestra’s 50th year of concerts on the Upper West Side and Pennsylvania’s Lansdowne Symphony’s 75th, in Delaware County and Philadelphia. Reuben and Lansdowne recently launched a series of recordings of works by 20th century American female composers with the Fleisher Collection and New Focus Recordings. His three prior CDs were with Lansdowne and the Gowanus Arts Ensemble, premiering Romantic-era American composers. His critical edition of the Op. 11 Symphonies of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, was published by Artaria Editions in Spring 2021. For “The Lord of the Rings in Concert” (since 2019), Blundell has served as assistant conductor with the National Orchestra of Spain, and in Canada.

Reuben’s violin was a gift from the Melbourne Symphony following his Khachaturian performance with them during high school. During studies in Australia while playing in several Australian orchestras, he was a Tanglewood Fellow (’02 and ’03), then a principal New World Symphony violinist in Miami, working with Michael Tilson Thomas (2003-05). He studied conducting at the Monteux School, and with Neil Varon for his 2010 DMA from Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, also continuing violin with Zvi Zeitlin. 

Reuben has performed in Austria, Australia, the Czech Republic, Chile, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, and the United States, including the New World Symphony’s Cage centennial. He was Director of Orchestral Studies at Millersville University (PA) and Hunter College, transforming Hunter’s orchestral program. Teaching at New York’s Trinity School from 2017, he is currently a student in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership program.

Photo by Masataka Suemitsu