B.Mus, Cert. Orch. Studies GSMD London
Rupert D'Cruze has been living in New Zealand since 2006. His earliest musical experiences where as a chorister in the famous Temple Church Choir, London, and later he held a number of posts as organist and choirmaster in throughout London. Whilst a student he was Principal Trombone in both the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and subsequently the European Community Youth Orchestra. His later work as a professional trombone player and teacher led him into conducting and further study at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he was awarded the Philharmonia Conducting Prize. He was finalist and prizewinner in the Tokyo International Conducting Competition 1991 and second prize winner in the Hungarian International Conducting Competition 1992.
He has a particular interest in the training of young musicians and has been a regular guest conductor of the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Miskolc, Hungary, and conducted performances of the Royal Academy of Music Opera. He was conductor of the Reading Youth Orchestra, the Somerset Youth Orchestra, the Croydon Schools Wind Orchestra, the Gwynedd County Youth Orchestra, guest conductor of the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra, and on the staff of the Aberdeen International Youth Music Festival.
Rupert was many years an examiner to the Guildhall School of Music, and is now a visiting Performance Fellow at the University of Waikato, where he is responsible for the Brass Performance and Chamber Music programmes. He is also in demand as a teacher of conducting, and has directed many highly successful courses in the UK and New Zealand.
He is Music Director of the Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra, and has recently been appointed Musical Director of the Cantando Choir.