New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Appoints Creative Advisor and Principal Conductor


(Photograph credit score: Roy Cox)

 

After making her debut with the ensemble in 2020, Gemma New will function the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s (NZSO) Creative Advisor and Principal Conductor for 3 years, by means of the 2024 season.

In 2022, the NZSO’s seventy fifth anniversary 12 months, New will conduct three back-to-back live shows in Wellington and Auckland with multi-Grammy Award-winning American violinist Hilary Hahn as a part of the NZSO’s winter pageant in August, adopted in November by Mozart’s monumental Requiem in a program additionally that includes New Zealand composer John PsathasSeikilos.

As a senior member of the NZSO’s creative staff, New will be a part of joins NZSO Principal Conductor in Residence Hamish McKeich, Honorary Conductor Pietari Inkinen, and Music Director Emeritus James Judd in creating the NZSO’s creative mission and reaching new audiences.

“It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the NZSO these previous few seasons, and I’m thrilled to be becoming a member of this distinctive staff that so valuably contributes to the colourful music scene in Aotearoa, New Zealand,” New mentioned.

“Throughout every program we’ve got carried out collectively, I’ve been deeply impressed and impressed by the excellence, ardour, dedication and inventiveness of the musicians and employees, and uplifted by the viewers’s enthusiastic reception of our performances. I sit up for working with the NZSO on this new position and celebrating new heights collectively.”

Along with this new position, New will proceed to function the Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Visitor Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra — the latter which was just lately prolonged by means of the 2022/23 season.

A graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music and the College of Canterbury, New is the recipient of the 2021 Sir George Solti Conducting Award. She beforehand served as a Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) Resident Conductor, Music Director of the SLS Youth Orchestra, Affiliate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony, and Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Heart.

“As a conductor Gemma New is astonishing, which is why she is in such demand all over the world,” NZSO Chief Government Peter Biggs mentioned. “We’re delighted that, even together with her many worldwide commitments, Gemma is decided to take up this thrilling new position with the NZSO. Her information and expertise with a number of the world’s finest orchestras, alongside together with her shut ties with New Zealand orchestras, makes her invaluable in her new position with the NZSO.”

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