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Meet the Conductors


Chief Conductor

Australian-born Simone Young AM is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation. Simone Young has been announced as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor from 2022.

2023 Simone Young Gallery


Principal Guest Conductor

Donald Runnicles OBE is the General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival. In 2018 Donald Runnicles was announced as Principal Guest Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

2021 Donald Runnicles Conductor Listing

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Conductor Laureate

Russian-born Vladimir Ashkenazy first came to prominence in the 1955 Chopin Festival in Warsaw and after winning the 1956 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He established himself as one of the premier pianists of the 20th century before expanding his musical interests to include conducting.

Vladimir Ashkenazy Conductor Listing