Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand–born Gemma New is music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Sir George Solti Conducting Award.
In the summer of 2021 Ms. New leads the New York Philharmonic’s 29th Annual Free Memorial Day Concert at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, livestreamed to the public. She makes debuts at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and at the Aspen Music Festival and Grand Teton Music Festival. In Australasia, she makes her Sydney Symphony Orchestra debut and leads the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival.
Ms. New’s 2021–22 season includes subscription appearances with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the National Symphony (Washington, DC), , Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota, and City Symphony orchestras. She makes debuts with WDR Sinfonieorchester, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre national d’Ile de France. She will debut with Los Angeles Opera for the West Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light with soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Rod Gilfry. The marks her third as principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, where she will lead three subscription programs plus a New Year’s Eve concert.
Ms. New recently completed a four-year position as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony. In her final year she led the 2019–20 season-opening concerts and conducted a concert broadcast live with Chris Thile on the nationally-syndicated variety show Live From Here.
A former Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gemma New previously served as associate conductor of the New Jersey Symphony and was a 2018 conducting fellow at Tanglewood Music Center. She holds a master of music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where she studied with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. She graduated with honors from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance.
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