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Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New is Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Resident Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In the 2017-18 Season, New enjoys guest engagements with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, Filharmonia Szczecin and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in Europe, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, and the Omaha, Albany and Berkeley Symphonies in the USA, as well as the Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony in New Zealand.

Now commencing her third season as Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic, New is committed to deepening the artistic level of the HPO and expanding the reach of the HPO in the community. This year, New led the HPO’s first Intimate and Immersive series, creating a ‘closer to the music’ atmosphere and incorporating a wide range of orchestral repertoire, electronic indie-band music, lights and art installations. In the 2017-18 Season. New explores a wide range of repertoire with the HPO, celebrates international soloists with Hamilton audiences, and highlights local theatrical and choral talent. The HPO Family series, which the HPO launched with New’s first concert as Music Director, merges the wonder of music, science, theatre and Canadian culture, and in recent seasons has collaborated with filmmakers such as KV265, Jeremy Major and Nathan Fleet.

As Resident Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony, New makes her subscription debut this season, and leads community, family, education 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, Grant Park, San Diego, North Carolina, Malmö, Toledo, Long Beach, and Miami Symphonies, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Orlando Philharmonic, 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, selection for the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar 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 led works by John Adams and Andrew Norman on the American Soundscapes series. In 2010 she founded the Lunar Ensemble, an nine-member contemporary music ensemble that ran for six seasons, and toured around the USA. 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 past season, New led 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.