Allington Strings Conductor - MARK WESTWOOD
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.