Arturo SERNA

Musical Director

We welcome our new Musical Director

Venezuelan / British musician Arturo Serna holds a dynamic career portfolio as conductor, cellist and teacher in the area of Dorset and Somerset. He studied at the celebrated Venezuelan El Sistema and pursued further studies in France, Switzerland and the UK. He holds a Masters in Conducting with Distinction from the University of Surrey.

Currently Arturo is the musical conductor of the Bridport Chamber Orchestra, Axe Vale Orchestra, Dorset County Orchestra and Shaftesbury Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted Wessex Strings, Allington Strings, Sherborne and Yeovil Community Orchestras, Haslemere Musical Society and Wincanton Musical Theatre Company and will be guest conducting the Bruton Choral Society in their May 2020 concert.

As a cellist, he holds a Post Graduate Diploma from the Trinity College of Music of London and a Concert Diploma from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. He has performed extensively in north and South America and Europe as soloist and chamber musician. He has enjoyed freelancing with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others.

Arturo lives in Sherborne with his wife and two children. When not preparing scores or practicing his cello, he enjoys teaching in several schools of the area of Dorset and Somerset. He has also been deputy cello teacher for the Junior Trinity College of Music and the University of Bath Spa.

Arturo is honoured and humbled to have been selected as the conductor of the Exeter Symphony Orchestra and looks   forward very much to many exciting concerts together!