Kiwi conductor claims Solti award

Kiwi conductor claims Solti award


norman lebrecht

March 08, 2021

Gemma New of New Zealand has been awarded the 2021 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

New, 34, is music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada and principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.



  • Peter San Diego says:

    A musical and communicative conductor, and a deserving recipient of the Solti Award.

  • Congratulations, Gemma! This award is richly deserved. We were so fortunate to have you as our music director for a few years, and it has been wonderful to hear about all your subsequent successes!

  • Karl says:

    Good conductor! I’ve seen her at Tangelwood and in Montreal.

  • Mark Jordan says:

    She subbed on short notice for an ill Bramwell Tovey in Elgar’s Enigma Variations with the Cleveland Orchestra a couple of summers ago and nailed it. One of the best performances I’ve ever heard of the piece.