Gemma New



Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New is Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada and Resident Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Maintaining a close relationship with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, New also enjoys guest engagements this season with the Malmö SymfoniOrkester in Malmö, Sweden, Orlando Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Winnipeg, Canada.

Through creative programming and electric performances, New is committed to growing the artistic reach of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. In her first concert as Music Director, she launched a new Family Concert series, which merged the wonder of music, science, and Canadian culture through the combination of multimedia presentations and 21st century music. In the 2016-17 Season, New explores a wide range of fresh repertoire with the HPO, introduces Hamilton audiences to international soloists, and highlights local theatrical and choral talent. Through her leadership and collaboration with artistic staff, New brings interdisciplinary orchestral performances to the mainstage and in outreach programming across the region.

As Resident Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony, New leads education, family, community, and Live at Powell Hall performances, covers for Music Director David Robertson and guest conductors, and serves as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She moves to the St. Louis Symphony from her successful time with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as its Associate Conductor. In recent seasons, New has guest conducted several orchestras, including the Atlanta, Toledo, Long Beach, and Miami Symphonies in the USA, as well as the Christchurch Symphony and Opus Orchestras in New Zealand.

A former Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New has led youth, school, and community programs with the LA Phil, and assisted Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen and other guest conductors. Additional significant experiences include a David A. Karetsky Conducting Fellowship at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, and an Ansbacher Fellowship, during which she was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic to take up residence at the Salzburg Music Festival. New has also resided in Leipzig, Germany as a Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellow, where she studied Mendelssohn’s music with Kurt Masur and led the Leipziger Symphonieorchester in the historic Lindensaal of Markkleeberg.

Holding a strong interest in contemporary music, New made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2013 when she lead works by John Adams and Andrew Norman on the American Soundscapes series. She is Founder of the Lunar Ensemble, currently in its seventh season, which recently performed as a headliner for the National New Music Gathering in Baltimore, Maryland. New has conducted several contemporary operas, as well as assisted operas by Mozart, Verdi, and Ravel. With the LA Phil, she has assisted for semi-staged productions of Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. This season, New leads a Wagner/Arnauld arrangement of Tristan und Isolde with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.

New 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 from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Music (Honors) in violin performance. 

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Mvmt. 2 (excerpt) -

Wagner: Tannhäuser Overture -

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite 1919 (excerpt) -

Emily Koh: trans-[migra]-nation - 

Jake Runestad: As Rain to the Sea - 

Geoffrey Gordon: "Cleopatra to the Asp" from Fallen Eve -

Toronto Star Profile Piece -