New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New is Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada; Resident Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra; and serves as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. This season she guest conducts the Malmö SymfoniOrkester (Sweden), Orlando Philharmonic, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Winnipeg; and in recent seasons conducted the Atlanta, Toledo, Long Beach, and Miami Symphonies, as well as the Christchurch Symphony and Opus Orchestras in New Zealand. She served as Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony.
New earned a Dudamel Conducting Fellowship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; a David A. Karetsky Conducting Fellowship at the American Conducting Academy at Aspen; and an Ansbacher Fellowship, during which time she was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic to take up residence at the Salzburg Music Festival. She was a Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellow in Leipzig, Germany, where she studied Mendelssohn’s music with Kurt Masur.
With a strong interest in contemporary music, New made her 2013 Carnegie Hall conducting debut leading works by John Adams and Andrew Norman on the American Soundscapes series. She is Founder of the Lunar Ensemble that recently performed as a headliner for the National New Music Gathering in Baltimore; and has conducted several contemporary operas. She holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute; and graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance.
New is Assistant Conductor of the 2017 Cabrillo Festival, and will conduct the West Coast premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland during the Free Family Concert, Sunday, August 6, 2017.