The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of resident conductor Gemma New, originally of New Zealand.
New, 29, will assist music director David Robertson, cover concerts led by him and guest conductors, serve as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, and lead education and family concerts, community concerts and some Live at Powell Hall performances.
In a statement on Thursday, Robertson said New “stood out as a musician of great insight when we worked together a few years ago at Carnegie Hall. From the first moment in our audition, New opened a clear line of deep communication with our musicians, who responded to her clarity and passion. Her dedication to music education will be a true gift to the organization and the St. Louis community.”
She takes the position previously held by Steven Jarvi.
New started musical studies with the violin at age 5, adding piano at 8. She began conducting at 15, when she founded an orchestra at her high school.
“We were all young musicians learning the craft,” she said in an interview. “I knew from an early age that I loved orchestras; I wanted to be connected with orchestras for the rest of my life. When I had the first opportunity to conduct, I thought, ‘This is how I can express my musical voice.’”