Born and raised in Wellington, Gemma New pursued conducting early by working with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Christchurch Youth Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra National Youth Orchestra and Southern Opera Company. Since moving to the United States in August 2009, engagements for Gemma have included the Hamilton Philharmonic and Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières in Canada; Macon and New Amsterdam Symphonies in the United States; and performances at Carnegie Hall. A semi-finalist for the London Symphony Orchestra Donatella Flick Conducting competition, Gemma was selected for the WQXR article ‘Top Five Women Conductors on the Rise
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.
Gemma currently serves as 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, and the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in Winnipeg, Canada.
A strong advocate for new music and innovative orchestral models, Ms. New is Founder and Director of the contemporary collective, the Lunar Ensemble, as well as being Principal Conductor for the New York City-based ensemble Camerata Notturna. New made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2013 when she led works by John Adams and Andrew Norman as part of the American Soundscapes Series.
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Beethoven, Symphony No.1, 2nd Movement
Wagner, Tannhäuser, Overture