Axe Vale Orchestra
Axe Vale Orchestra

Arturo Serna, Conductor

Venezuelan / British musician Arturo Serna holds a dynamic career as conductor, cellist and teacher in the area of Dorset, Devon and Somerset. He studied at El Sistema in Venezuela and pursued further studies at the Conservatoires of Perpignan and Toulouse in France and later on in Switzerland at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. In 2007 he moved to the UK to study at the Trinity College of Music of London. Currently, Arturo is enrolled in a Masters in Conducting Course at the University of Surrey with Russell Keable.


Arturo was appointed Musical Conductor of Wessex Strings in 2013 and after a year of tenure he was called to take on the conductorship of the Bridport Chamber Orchestra. From January 2014 he started conducting Allington Strings and was made chief conductor of the Axe Vale Orchestra after guest conducting the ensemble once. He gets often invited to guest conduct the Dorset County Orchestra, the Sherborne community Orchestra and the Wincanton Youth theatre.


Recent highlights as cellist include performing concertos by Dvorak and Haydn in Venezuela and the UK, 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 and has enjoyed freelancing with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 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.


Arturo lives in Sherborne with his wife Ana and his son Andres. He is a keen educator who teaches cello and chamber music in a number of schools in the area of Dorset and Somerset as well as at the Junior Trinity College of music and at the University of Bath Spa.

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