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Reuben Blundell is Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, one of PA’s great artistic treasures, and their debut CD, American Romantics III was recently released worldwide through Naxos and New Focus Records.
Both American Romantics II and III were nominees for the 61st GRAMMYS.
Reuben also directs the Riverside Orchestra in New York, regularly working with soloists including members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic. He is also one of the conductors with The Chelsea Symphony, and when not conducting, often serves as concertmaster.
He's Artistic Director of the Gowanus Arts Ensemble, a group of outstanding New York freelancers formed for the first two of his three CDs, which have been featured across US radio stations and received glowing reviews from American Record Guide, the UK's Gramophone Magazine, and Limelight (Australia). He is a voting member of The Recording Academy (responsible for the GRAMMY Awards), and is also pursuing research expanding performances of repertoire by minority and female composers.
Reuben has performed in his native Australia, Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East, including work for the US State Department and the nonprofit American Voices.
He conducted the New World Symphony in their 2013 John Cage centennial: Making the Right Choices, and is in demand as a guest conductor. For eight years he served as Assistant Professor at CUNY’s Hunter College, growing a small ensemble into a symphony orchestra, and he has also led the Bloomingdale School of Music Chamber Orchestra. In Fall 2017, he joined the conducting faculty at New York’s Trinity School.
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At Eastman, Blundell earned a doctorate in conducting with Professor Neil Varon, also studying violin with Zvi Zeitlin. His violin was a gift from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and after studies in Melbourne (at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and School of Music), and Sydney with Alice Waten, he was a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow (2002 & 2003, winning an audition to play in the BSO) and a principal violinist in the New World Symphony (2003-2005). He played in masterclasses with violinists including Leila Josefowicz, Glenn Dictorow, Joseph Silverstein. Attending the Monteux School in 2004 and 2005 under Michael Jinbo, he received additional instruction from Marin Alsop, Jorma Panula and Michael Tilson Thomas.