The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) is thrilled to announce that Music Director Gemma New has received the coveted Career Assistance Award from Solti Foundation U.S. for the second time since 2017. This honour is shared with nine other American conductors in recognition of their excellence in music and drive to continue learning their craft.
“The future of classical music is indeed bright,” stated Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S. Each year, the Foundation receives applications from all over, demonstrating the need for an organization such as ours. This year’s award recipients include first time recipients and some young conductors whom we have supported in the past, and who have proven themselves to be deserving of additional support in their musical journeys.”
This is the second time HPO Music Director Gemma New has received the Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S. Gemma reacts to her recent award, “I am incredibly honoured and grateful to have received a Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S. It’s a deeply humbling and encouraging recognition, and I’m excited by the career development opportunities that this award will allow me to pursue.”
Gemma is currently Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, beginning 2019-2020 season.
The Solti Foundation U.S. was established in 2000 to honour the memory of famous operatic conductor Sir Georg Solti by lending significant support to young American musicians. Since then, it has awarded over $500,000 in grants to American conductors.