Gemma New

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Gemma New (born 1986/1987[1]) is a New Zealand-born music director and conductor. In 2016 she is the director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Canada.

Early life and education[edit]

New was born in New Zealand[2] into a musical family. She studied violin beginning at the age of five, and began taking piano lessons at age eight.[3] By twelve she was playing in a youth orchestra in her home city, Wellington.[4][1]

She graduated from the University of Canterbury with a degree in physics and violin performance.[3] She conducted the Christchurch Youth Orchestra, later earned a graduate degree in music from Baltimore, Maryland's Peabody Institute.[3]


New founded and directed the Maryland music collective Lunar Ensemble. She was the 2014 Dudamel Conducting Fellow, which led her to conduct eight concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.[3] New took on the role of associate conductor at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, for which she conducted summer outdoor concerts.[5]

In May 2015, New was hired as the music director for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.[3] Its first performance under her direction was in February 2016.[6]

In 2016 New was appointed conductor-in-residence of the St. Louis Symphony.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Gemma New: Conductor on the rise". Radio New Zealand. 7 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Snap, crackle and pop: Gemma New and HPO light up Hamilton Place ". Hamilton Spectator, 18 September 2016 Leonard Turnevicius
  3. ^ a b c d e "Gemma New of Hamilton Philharmonic is 1 of continent's few female conductors". By Samantha Craggs, CBC News 4 July 2015
  4. ^ "Conductor Gemma New breaking brass ceiling in Steeltown". The Star, Paul Hunter, 6 March 2016
  5. ^ "Rising Star: SLSO's Gemma New makes music 'a holistic experience'". By Sarah Bryan Miller St. Louis Post-Dispatch 25 August 2016
  6. ^ "HPO’s new music director makes her debut — and it was worth waiting for". Hamilton Spectator, 7 February 2016 Leonard Turnevicius
  7. ^ "SLSO appoints Gemma New as resident conductor". By Sarah Bryan Miller St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2 June 2016