In 2011 the NZSO launched a new training opportunity for aspiring young conductors.
The NZSO conductor training programme, led by NZSO Music Director Pietari Inkinen offers promising young conductors a chance to hone their skills in bespoke training activities.
In the past these have included opportunities to assist the music director, and conduct small ensemble and orchestral rehearsals with direct feedback.
In 2014 we’re looking forward to providing Gemma New with an opportunity to assist Alexander Shelley with the NZSO National Youth Orchestra in July.
Recently hailed by WQXR as one of the “Top Five Women Conductors on the Rise,” Gemma New is Associate Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Director of the Lunar Ensemble. New has conducted orchestras on multiple continents, including the BBC Scottish, Danish National, Baltimore, and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (Canada). Recent highlights include guest engagements with the Hamilton Philharmonic (Canada), Opus Orchestra, and Miami and New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestras, as well as serving as guest cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
In 2013 New made her Carnegie Hall debut, leading works by Adams, Norman and Ives on Carnegie’s American Soundscapes series; she was also the David A. Karetsky conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. A strong advocate for new music, New has conducted more than 90 contemporary works, and her operatic achievements are focused largely on contemporary repertoire. As NJSO Associate Conductor, New leads education and summer programs, presents regularly as concert host, and works with the NJSO-affiliated Greater Newark Youth Orchestra. New studied violin performance at the University of Canterbury and New Zealand School of Music, before studying conducting at the Peabody Institute with Gustav Meier in the United States.
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