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Gemma New, Resident Conductor

Gemma New

Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New was appointed the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's Resident Conductor and Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra to begin with the 2016/2017 Season. She also holds the position of Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada, and enjoys guest engagements this season with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, Filharmonia Szczecin and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in Europe, the Omaha, Albany and Berkeley Symphonies in the USA, and the Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony in New Zealand.

In St. Louis, New leads education, family, community and Live at Powell Hall performances, covers for Music Director David Robertson and guest conductors and leads the Youth Orchestra. Robertson said of her appointment, "I’m very happy that Gemma New will be joining us in St. Louis. She stood out as a musician of great insight when we worked together a few years ago at Carnegie Hall. From the first moment in our audition, New opened a clear line of deep communication with our musicians, who responded to her clarity and passion. Her dedication to music education will be a true gift to the organization and the St. Louis community.”

New moves to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 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, San Diego, Grant Park, Toledo, Orlando and Long Beach Symphonies in the U.S., as well as the Christchurch Symphony and Opus Orchestras in New Zealand.

Gemma New holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute, 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.