Gemma New receives Solti Conducting Award

Posted on: March 8, 2021

The Solti Foundation U.S. has named GEMMA NEW as the recipient of this year’s Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. Given annually to a promising American conductor 38 years of age or younger, the grant provides career guidance, industry connections, and a cash award of $30,000 to allow recipients to further hone their skills. The grant was announced by Foundation Board Chair Penny Van Horn and Artistic and Awards Committee Chair Elizabeth Buccheri. A native of New Zealand, New is music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario​, Canada and principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She recently completed a four-year tenure as resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and previously served as associate conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Engagements in the 2020-21 season include debuts with the Seattle Symphony, New Zealand Symphony, Spain’s Basque National Orchestra, and a return to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She has guest-conducted many U.S. and international orchestras.