New Zealand–born conductor Gemma New is currently music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, and resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In the 2018–19 season, she enjoys guest engagements with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Calgary, Louisiana, and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras; Charlotte, Detroit, Drummondville, Jacksonville, San Diego, Toronto, Tucson, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras; and CMI Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Santa Fe Pro Musica, Florida Orchestra, and Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt. In the summer of 2018 Ms. New made her Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra debut, returned to the Grant Park Music Festival, and served as a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.
In recent seasons, Ms. New’s guest conducting has taken her around the world, to orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in Europe. She has also appeared with the Albany, Atlanta, Berkeley, Long Beach, Miami, New Jersey, North Carolina, Omaha, San Diego, and Toledo symphony orchestras, as well as the Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, and Opus Orchestra in New Zealand.
A former Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gemma New has led youth, school, and community programs with that orchestra. She has also held 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. She has also resided in Leipzig as a Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellow, studying Mendelssohn’s music with Kurt Masur and leading the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra in the historic Lindensaal of Markkleeberg. She has also served as associate conductor of the New Jersey Symphony.
Holding a strong interest in contemporary music, Ms. New made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2013 leading works by John Adams and Andrew Norman on the American Soundscapes series. In 2017 she received a Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award, in support of her operatic pursuits. Ms. New has conducted several contemporary operas and assisted on operas by Mozart, Verdi, and Ravel. Most recently she led Jean-Pierre Arnaud’s arrangement of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.