Richard Gonski

Richard Gonski
Founding Director

I was born in South Africa. At the age of 14 I went to live in Israel, graduating from the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem in 1982 where I studied flute, conducting with Mendi Rodan and theory, harmony and counterpoint with Yitzhak Sadai.

After attending conducting courses in Nice and Munich (with Sergiu Celibidace) I moved to London where I continued my flute studies with Gareth Morris, was Music Director of the Electric Symphony Orchestra and lecturer in Electronic Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1989 - 1996).

In 1996 I came to Devon; I have been Music Director of the Torbay Symphony Orchestra since 2000, was the conductor of the Exeter University Symphony Orchestra (2003 - 2015) and work with various chamber groups and ensembles both as performer and director.

I am a committed and ardent advocate of contemporary music and have been responsible for commissioning numerous works from living composers as well as the performance of repertoire from the 20th century to the current day. I have a special love for electroacoustic music and have composed many works for that medium.

I am passionate about providing music education for the younger generation and am currently director of SaMM, the Saturday Morning Music School in Totnes.

I am also a mentor for SWMS (South West Music School) and have an active music teaching practice.