Reuben Blundell is Conductor and Music Director of the Hunter Symphony, at Hunter College, in New York City, where he also teaches violin and viola. He holds violin performance degrees from colleges in Melbourne and Sydney, and played viola professionally during his Masters degree studies. At the Eastman School of Music, he completed a DMA in orchestral conducting with Neil Varon, and studied violin with Zvi Zeitlin.
In Australia, Dr. Blundell performed as a regular substitute violinist with the Melbourne, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
At the Tanglewood Music Center in 2002, he became the first fellow to win a place in the first violins for a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert, qualified to be invited back the following year, and won a fellowship in the New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy. While a NWS fellow, he was encouraged in his conducting by Michael Tilson Thomas, and became music director of the CGCC Young Musicians' Orchestra, which he led until moving to Rochester. One highlight of his tenure was a commissioning program, which has grown into an international competition.
Dr. Blundell is in demand as a string clinician and honors orchestra festival conductor, and enjoys travelling.
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