From: Wellington, New Zealand. LA Opera: The Brightness of Light (2022, debut).

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, 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’s 2019/20 season featured her inaugural concerts as Principal Guest Conductor in Dallas and debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra D.C., Milwaukee Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Ulster Orchestra, and New Zealand Symphony. New’s debut with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, conducting a production of Susannah with Susanna Phillips in the title role was replaced by an online performance of Bernstein’s “Make Our Garden Grow,” which raised over $350,000 for the St. Louis Artist Relief Fund.

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