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THE SCOOP | Hamilton Philharmonic Extends Conductor Gemma New’s Contract Through 2024

By Michael Vincent on November 12, 2020

Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

After marking four years since her debut as conductor of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016, Gemma New has renewed her contract as Music Director through 2023-24.

“It has been a true joy to work with the musicians and staff of the HPO these past six seasons,” said New. “Together, we have seen the orchestra grow and reach new audiences throughout the Hamilton region. I look forward to leading the HPO’s artistic vision in the coming seasons.”

“Gemma brings such energy and passion to her work,” said Executive Director Kim Varian. “Her wonderful relationship with our musicians, staff and community says so much about her commitment to Hamilton. I am excited to continue working with Gemma on our vibrant future.”

Beyond HPO, New also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras worldwide. In the 19- 20 Season, New made major conducting debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, in addition to debuts with National Symphony Orchestra D.C., Milwaukee Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Kristiansand Symfoniorkester, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Ulster Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony and New Zealand Symphony.

While COVID-19 has made plans for 2020-21 tentative, New is anticipating performances with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, and leading the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre in May 2021.

“Gemma’s vision of programming ambitious and engaging works for the mainstage along with developing new and diverse programs for the community has brought the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra to new heights,” said Anne Tennier, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We are delighted that we will continue to share in Gemma’s artistic vision and leadership.”


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