Allington Strings Conductor - MARK WESTWOOD



A graduate of the world famous El Sistema Project in Venezuela who is continuing his musical studies in European Conservatoires

Arturo began his musical studies at El Sistema in Venezuela. Here he had the opportunity to learn from world renowned musical figures such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Sergiu Comissiona, Gustavo Dudamel and Jose Antonio Abreu. He pursued further cello studies in France, Switzerland and the UK. He started his conducting career studying with Jonathan Vinden and Jonathan Rose at the Trinity College of Music in London He also studied with Denise Ham at Blackheath Conservatoire and regularly attends Masterclasses with Mark Heron at the RNCM. He has received advice from well established conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Joshua Dos Santos, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Tim Reynish and Jac van Steen.

An inspirational conductor in great demand

Arturo has established himself as popular conductor, who achieves great musical results with several orchestras in the Southwest. He was appointed Musical Conductor of the Wessex Strings in 2013 and a year later was invited to conduct the Bridport Chamber Orchestra. Soon after this Allington Strings asked him to become their conductor. He has recently been invited by the Axe Vale Orchestra to conduct them as guest conductor for their October Concert in 2016.

A strong, confident and engaging cellist who always gives of his best

Recent highlights as cellist include performing Dvorak Cello Concerto with Gustavo Dudamel's assistant, Joshua Dos Santos, as well as concerts in Europe, North and South America. Arturo was part of the Foyle Future Firsts Apprenticeship Scheme of the London Philharmonic Orchestra 2010-2011.

Arturo has also broadcasted for Radio and Television in Venezuela, Radio Suisse Romande and for BBC Radio 3. In addition Arturo has collaborated in various recordings and productions, including film music (the Suisse film Cargo, 2009), rock, and Venezuelan folk music. Arturo has enjoyed freelancing with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse. He was also part of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.

A successful competitor and award winning cellist

Arturo Serna has been prize winner in numerous competitions such as the I Latin-American Cello Competition Carlos Prieto, Oxford Music Festival Competition, the Concordia Foundation Award and the Cavatina Chamber Music Competition. During his studies in Europe he won awards from the Eversley Charitable Trust, the Montague Cleeve Scholar, the Bratton Scholar and the Carigest Foundation for Young Talents.