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Gemma New

Principal Guest Conductor

Dolores G. & Lawrence S. Barzune, M.D. Chair

Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand-born Gemma New is a leader among the new generation of conductors. She is currently in her sixth season as the Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and her second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Hailed as “a rising star in the musical firmament” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), New was awarded Solti Foundation Career Assistance Awards in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Despite COVID-19, New anticipates a 2020/21 season that will include performances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre in May 2021. On August 26, 2020, New led a performance with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, which was streamed live globally.

New recently completed a four-year position as Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, where she also served as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Prior to this, New was a Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony, and Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center. She is a former recipient of the David Karetsky Conductinng Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival.

New has recently performed as a guest conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra D.C., Milwaukee Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Ulster Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony. In the summer of 2019, New made five major conducting debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Earlier, she led the season opening concerts of the St. Louis Symphony, made her debut with the New York Philharmonic on a Young People’s Concert program, and conducted the SLSO on a live broadcast performance of Live From Here with Chris Thile.