DESKTOP
TABLET (max. 1024px)
MOBILE (max. 640px)
Return to Top
Ludwig Van
Toronto Montreal

THE SCOOP | Gemma New Announced Music Director of Hamilton Philharmonic

By Michael Vincent on May 5, 2015

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has announced 28-year-old conductor Gemma New as their new music director. Photo: Lorena
The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra has announced 28-year-old conductor Gemma New as their new music director. Photo: Lorena

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) have appointed Gemma New as its Music Director. The New Zealand native has been hired on a three-year contract, beginning Wednesday May 6, 2015.

The announcement marks the end of a two-year search to replace HPO’s former Music Director Jamie Sommerville, who had announced his departure after seven seasons, in the Spring 2013. The appointment is significant in that New marks one of only three female music directors for a professional orchestra in Canada.

“I am very excited to be coming to Hamilton as music director,” New stated, “I was so impressed with the orchestra and all the people I met during my audition.”

At just 28 years old, she won the 2014-15 Dudamel Fellowship with the LA Philharmonic and will be conducting eight education outreach concerts in Los Angeles this spring. She is also the Associate Conductor at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and founder/director of the Lunar Ensemble, a new music collective based in Baltimore, Maryland.

HPO Chair of the Board Robert Savage said, “We think Gemma is a great fit not just for HPO but for the city as a whole, given Hamilton’s emergence as an arts and culture hub. She really embraces the role of art and culture in a city’s development.”

Gemma New beat out six other candidates during an extensive international recruitment campaign, which included feedback from the audience and musicians during each audition.

Each of the six was also taken to community events to meet people and was interviewed by the search committee. Audience members and musicians provided feedback to the search committee following each audition.

“Working alongside our orchestra, we’re confident we’ll achieve new heights,” HPO musician spokesperson Marsha Moffitt said.

#LUDWIGVAN

Want more updates on Toronto-centric classical music news and review before anyone else finds out? Get our exclusive newsletter here and follow us on Twitter for all the latest.

Michael Vincent
Follow me

Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_high_590x300
comments powered by Disqus

Ludwig Van Toronto

THE SCOOP | Toronto Mendelssohn Choir: New Works, Old Favourites & Expanded Choir For 2022-23

By Anya Wassenberg on August 8, 2022

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announced new works and initiatives, along with treasured favourites, for their 2022-23 season.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_high_590x300

THE SCOOP | Curved Keyboard: The Maene-Viñoly Concert Grand Makes Its Debut At International Festival

By Anya Wassenberg on July 22, 2022

When pianist Kirill Gerstein sat down on the bench at the Verbier Church to play on July 19, it wasn't only his passionate performance that was on display.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article

THE SCOOP | Ontario Arts Council Taps Former Musicians’ Association Exec As New CEO

By Anya Wassenberg on July 15, 2022

The board of directors of the Ontario Arts Council has appointed Michael Murray as the new CEO.
Read the full story Comments
Share this article
lv_toronto_banner_low_590x300
lv_toronto_ssb_atf_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_high_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_mid_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_low_300x300
lv_toronto_tsb_high_300x700
lv_toronto_tsb_low_300x700
lv_toronto_ssb_atf_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_high_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_mid_300x300
lv_toronto_ssb_low_300x300
lv_toronto_tsb_high_300x700
lv_toronto_tsb_low_300x700

We have detected that you are using an adblocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we earn by the advertisements is used to manage this website. Please whitelist our website in your adblocking plugin.