SLSO Appoints Gemma New As Resident Conductor
“The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of resident conductor Gemma New, originally of New Zealand,” as reported in an article on St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
New stands “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,” said music director David Robertson.
“Her dedication to music education will be a true gift to the organization and the St. Louis community.”
In her new role New will assist Robertson, “cover concerts led by him and guest conductors, serve as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and lead education and family concerts, community concerts and some Live at Powell Hall performances,” according to the article.
“I’ve taken every opportunity I can to learn and get better,” said New.
Gemma New was a Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the David A. Karetsky Conducting Fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival in 2013, and she worked with Kurt Masur in Leipzig, Germany, in 2014.
She is currently finishing her final year as music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic in Ontario, Canada; and is founder and director of the contemporary music collective Lunar Ensemble in Baltimore.
Article Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Bryan Miller, June 2, 2016
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