Reuben Blundell


The 2020-21 season is Reuben’s ninth conducting The Chelsea Symphony, where he’s also a violinist and sometimes concertmaster. It’s his seventh 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 three recent CDs are part of a collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Fleisher Collection, and comprise premiere recordings of music by Romantic-Era American Composers. The first two are with the Gowanus Arts Ensemble (a string orchestra he directed for the project), and the third, released in April this year, is with the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra. The project has received glowing reviews from Gramophone Magazine, American Record Guide, Lucid Culture and textura, among others, and continues to be played on radio stations across the US. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (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.

Photo by Masataka Suemitsu