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Timur Rubinshteyn

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Timur Rubinshteyn

Lecturer, Percussion


D.M.A., Boston University
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
B.M., New England Conservatory of Music



Timur Rubinshteyn holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from Boston University. At BC he teaches percussion for the University Wind Ensemble and the Music Department, performs regularly with UWE, and has appeared with BC Symphony. His freelance experience includes Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Cape Cod Symphony, Plymouth Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire, Boston Philharmonic, Granite State Symphony, and Rhode Island Philharmonic.

He completed both Bachelor of Music with Academic Honors and Master of Music with Academic Honors and Performance Distinction degrees at New England Conservatory, where he received the Zildjian Award for Excellence in the Art of Percussion. He was also a joint winner of the 2002 commencement solo competition (performing with the NEC Honors Orchestra), and one of two members of the graduating class awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal for Extraordinary Contributions to the Life of New England Conservatory. His principal teachers were Frank Epstein and Timothy Genis of Boston Symphony, and Sergey Rizol of Kiev Opera.

Timur R. attended Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival, National Orchestral Institute, and Tanglewood Music Center (for two summers as a fellow and one as a guest), with orchestral performances led by  Kurt Masur, James Conlon, Seiji Ozawa, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Charles Dutoit, Robert Spano, Michael Tilson Thomas, James De Priest, Stanislaw Scrowaczewsky, Jeffrey Tate, Sergiu Commissiona, Gunther Schuller, Stefan Asbury, Ingo Metzmaher, Andrew Litton, Roberto Abbado, Leif Segerstam and other preeminent conductors.

He composed as well: The Final Spite (drum quartet) and Phoenix (multi-percussion and timpani) for his degree recitals; BU Percussion Ensemble performed his Labyrinth (for percussion quartet and pre-recorded electronics) while he was the assistant director, and BC percussion ensembles performed his arrangements of Moussorgsky and Mozart.

Formerly Timur R. was percussion coach and assistant conductor of the NEC Youth Symphony, and managed the orchestra’s tours of Italy, Greece, and Costa Rica. Other tours have taken him to Israel, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France. He also coached percussion and performed in Walnut Hill School’s Lincoln Center Gala in NY.

On January 29, 2012, Mr. Rubinshteyn  was one of the soloists featured in NEC’s Jordan Hall tribute to Debussy and Massenet, directed by Tatyana Dudochkin of NEC and hosted by Ron Della Chiesa of WGBH. Cashman Kerr Prince of the Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote this as part of a review: “…Timur Rubinshteyn gave a bravura performance of Debussy, Arabesque No.1…transcribed for marimba; marimba and Debussy make a truly beautiful pairing, especially when performed so magisterially…The concert included some well-known pieces and some rare gems. The performances were marked by a high level of artistry; personal favorites included…Rubinshteyn on marimba…”

Timur R. has been percussion faculty of the NEC Festival Youth Orchestra since 2012. He regularly travels to top percussion events and seminars to enrich his playing and teaching.