Meet the Director: Rupert D’Cruze

Rupert D’Cruze was appointed Artistic Director – Community Music in September 2017, having previously held the role of Musical Director of the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra since 2008.


Following conducting studies in London at the Royal Academy of Music, he achieved success in international conducting competitions in both Japan and Hungary, which led to large number of engagements in Europe including the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, South German Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Hungarian Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy

He was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Huddersfield Philharmonic Orchestra during the 1990’s, and also Musical Director of the Portsmouth Festival Choir. His work as a guest conductor in New Zealand includes the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Manukau City Symphony Orchestra and the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra


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