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Australian/Salvadoran cellist Ruben Palma was born in Sydney in 1989, and began to play the cello aged 6. Ruben spent the next nine years studying with Lindy Reksten at the Canberra School of Music; subsequent teachers were Julian Smiles, Howard Penny, and Nicolas Altstaedt, as well as masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, David Geringas, Johannes Moser, Uzi Wiesel, and Gary Hoffman.

As soloist, Ruben has performed Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, and Haydn's Cello Concerto no. 1. Ruben has also appeared at the Adelaide International Cello Festival (2008; 2011), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2014; 2015), as part of the 2014 Friends of ROSL Arts series (London), given an award-winning tour of Germany in 2013 (playing Morton Feldman's Patterns in a Chromatic Field), and been a recitalist at MARTE, San Salvador, El Salvador (2016).

In addition to having been awarded a mark of 99% for his graduation recital, in which he performed Zoltan Kodály's Solo Sonata Op. 8 and his own arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Adagio and Fuga from his Sonata for Solo Violin, BWV 1005, Ruben was awarded the John Gaitskill Mensa Award; the Peg Oldfield Prize (2010, 2011); Lady Tumer Exhibition (2010, 2011); Gwen Prockter Prize (2010, 2011); and the Gwen Nisbet Music Scholarship (2010) whilst at the Victorian College of the Arts. Most recently, Ruben was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Awards scholarship to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Ruben is currently studying a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Ruben has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Degree with Honours) (Victorian College of the Arts) and a Master of Music Violoncello Solo (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln). He was a state finalist in the 2008 Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, a finalist in the 2014 Australian Cello Awards, the 2015 Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist, and partook in the 2017 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program. His solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM, 702 ABC Sydney, 3MBS, and FM 102.5 Sydney Fine Music. Ruben's cello was made in 2001 by William Whedbee.

- biography current as of January 2017