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Ruben Zuniga

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Ruben Zuniga

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Brazil
Rubén Zúñiga is a native of Santiago, Chile. He is currently a member of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Percoso Ensemble (dedicated to contemporary music) and Percussion teacher at Bacarelli Institute. Rubén has played in most of the principal halls such as Concertgebouw, Royal Albert Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Salle Pleyel, Konzerthaus in Viena, Tonhalle, Brucknerhaus, Festspielhaus of Salzburg, among others. Prior to joining SPSO, he served as a Principal Percussion of Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra (Brazil) for 2 year, Percussion/Assistant Timpani of Concepción Symphony Orchestra (Chile) for 2 years and Timpani/Percussion of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chile for 4 years. Also he has played as an extra musician with Symphony Orchestra of Chile and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie.

He studied percussion at the University of Chile and attended the Alan Abel Percussion Seminar at Temple University. His main teachers were Patrício Hernández (University of Chile), Mario Baeza (University of Chile) and Tom Freer (The Cleveland Orchestra). He also take private lessons with Christopher Lamb (New York Philharmonic), Markus Rhoten (New York Philharmonic) and Wieland Welzel (Berlin Philharmonic).

Rubén has performed in the BBC Proms, Campos do Jordão International Festival, Contemporary Music Festivals of Cuba, Chile, Brazil and Argentina, Snape Proms, Rheingau Musik Festival, The Rest is Noise Festival-London, and others. As a soloist has played with Concepción Symphony Orchestra (Chile), Ouro Preto Orchestra (Brazil) and Orquestra Experimental de Repertório (Brazil).

As an active clinician, Rubén has taught clinics and master classes in University of Chile, University of La Serena, Boston Conservatory, São Paulo State University, São Paulo University, Minas Gerais Federal University, Latin-American Percussion Festivals, Campinas University, among other.

Rubén is endorsed by Zildjian cymbals, Black Swamp Percussion and Freer Percussion.