Gemma Peacocke is a New Zealand-born, but usually United States-based, composer who’s recently come back home.
Gemma has studied in New York with Bang on a Can founder Julia Wolfe, at IRCAM in Paris, and is a doctoral student in composition at Princeton University.
Her music combines acoustic instruments and voices with electronics. Her work often has a sociopolitical focus, a lot of it focusing on the marginalisation of women.
She is the co-founder of composer collective Kinds of Kings, which focuses on amplifying under-heard voices and producing immersive and transporting new music shows.
Gemma is currently working on a co-composed concerto with other members of Kinds of Kings for the new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird and the Cincinnati Symphony, as well as a piece for flute and electronics commissioned by New Zealand flutist, Hannah Darroch.