Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Location Amphitheater

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Into the Music Series No. 3

Gemma New, conductor
Johannes Moser, cello



Felix Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture, op. 26, "Fingals Cave"   [10‘]

Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85   [30‘]

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, D. 485   [27‘]

Gemma New, conductor

Now commencing her third season as Music Director for the Hamilton Philharmonic, New is committed to deepening the artistic level of the HPO and expanding the reach of the HPO in the community. This year, New led the HPO's first Intimate and Immersive series, creating a 'closer to the music' atmosphere and incorporating a wide range of orchestral repertoire, electronic indie-band music, lights and art installations. In the 2017-18 Season. New explores a wide range of repertoire with the HPO, celebrates international soloists with Hamilton audiences, and highlights local theatrical and choral talent. The HPO Family series, which the HPO launched with New's first concert as Music Director, merges the wonder of music, science, theatre and Canadian culture, and in recent seasons has collaborated with filmmakers such as KV265, Jeremy Major and Nathan Fleet. 

As Resident Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony, New makes her subscription debut this season, and leads community, family, education, and Live at Powell Hall performances, covers for Music Director David Robertson and guest conductors, and serves as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She moves to the St. Louis Symphony from her successful time with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as its Associate Conductor. In recent seasons, New has guest conducted several orchestras, including the Atlanta, Grant Park, San Diego, North Carolina, Malmö, Toledo, Long Beach, and Miami Symphonies, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Orlando Philharmonic, as well as the Christchurch Symphony and Opus Orchestras in New Zealand.

A former Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New has led youth, school, and community programs with the LA Phil, and assisted Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen and other guest conductors. Additional significant experiences include a David A. Karetsky Conducting Fellowship at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, selection for the Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, and an Ansbacher Fellowship, during which she was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic to take up residence at the Salzburg Music Festival. New has also resided in Leipzig, Germany as a Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Fellow, where she studied Mendelssohn’s music with Kurt Masur and led the Leipziger Symphonieorchester in the historic Lindensaal of Markkleeberg.

Holding a strong interest in contemporary music, New made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2013 when she led works by John Adams and Andrew Norman on the American Soundscapes series. In 2010 she founded the Lunar Ensemble, an nine-member contemporary music ensemble that ran for six seasons, and toured around the USA. New has conducted several contemporary operas, as well as assisted operas by Mozart, Verdi, and Ravel. With the LA Phil, she has assisted for semi-staged productions of Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. This past season, New led a Wagner/Arnauld arrangement of Tristan und Isolde with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.

New holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where she studied with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. She graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Music (Honors) in violin performance.

Johannes Moser, cello

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists", German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, London Symphony, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Tokyo NHK Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Gustavo Dudamel.

Johannes recently won his 3rd ECHO Klassik award as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year 2017’ for his Russian Recital disk on the label PENTATONE, for whom he records exclusively. His latest recordings include the concertos by Dvořák, Lalo, Elgar and Tchaikovsky, which have gained him the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik and the Diapason d'Or. He will return to the recording studio in late 2017 to record Lutoslawski and Dutilleux concertos. 

In the 2017/18 season, Johannes will return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony, Netherlands Radio, Orchestre National de Lille, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Seattle and San Diego Symphony. 

With his newly formed piano trio with Yevgeny Sudbin and Vadim Gluzman he will tour extensively in the coming season throughout Europe and North America. A dedicated chamber musician, Johannes has performed with Joshua Bell, Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Menahem Pressler, James Ehnes, Midori, and Jonathan Biss. He is also a regular at festivals including the Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Gstaad and Kissinger festivals, the Mehta Chamber Music Festival, and the Colorado, Seattle and Brevard music festivals.

Renowned for his efforts to expand the reach of the classical genre, as well as his passionate focus on new music, Johannes has recently been heavily involved in commissioning works by Julia Wolfe, Ellen Reid, Thomas Agerfeld Olesen, Johannes Kalitzke, Jelena Firsowa and Andrew Norman. He will take part in the European Premiere of Gubaidulina’s Triple Concerto with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. In 2011 he premiered Magnetar for electric cello by Enrico Chapela with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and in the following season he continued this relationship with the orchestra performing Michel van der Aa's cello concerto Up-close. Throughout his career, Johannes has been committed to reaching out to all audiences, from kindergarten to college and beyond. He combines most of his concert engagements with masterclasses, school visits and preconcert lectures.

Born into a musical family in 1979, Johannes began studying the cello at the age of eight and became a student of Professor David Geringas in 1997. He was the top prize winner at the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, in addition to being awarded the Special Prize for his interpretation of the Rococo Variations. In 2014 he was awarded with the prestigious Brahms prize.