2021 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award Announced

The Solti Foundation U.S. announced conductor Gemma New as their twelfth recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award


The New Zealand-born conductor was awarded for her dynamic presence and insightful interpretation. She will receive a package of career guidance, connections to renowned figures in the conducting industry, and a cash purse of $30,000.

Presently, she serves as the Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra in Ontario, Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra — as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

"It is a tremendous honor to receive the 2021 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, and I want to personally thank The Solti Foundation U.S. for this special recognition and support," Gemma New told The Violin Channel. "Their generosity and consideration, as well as the example of the great Sir Georg Solti, is a constant inspiration and encouragement to many young American conductors. In receiving this award, I look forward to representing the Solti Foundation U.S. as the 12th Solti Fellow, growing as a leader and musician, and continuing to explore poignant and joyful ways of sharing music."

Founded in honor of the late Hungarian conductor, Sir Georg Solti, the foundation has been helping rising young American conductors springboard their careers for more than two decades.

"With these young conducting applicants, we first look for skills on the podium," said Solti Foundation Board Chair Elizabeth Buccheri. "We then look for passion and the ability to communicate through the music. These are just some of the qualities that Sir Georg exhibited throughout his long career."

"Gemma New is a wonderful example of Solti's belief in the power of music, and it has been a joy to watch her grow in musical depth and presence over the past several seasons since she first became a recipient of a Foundation Career Assistance Award. Congratulations Gemma," she added.