Celebrated as one of the world’s leading interpreters of the symphonic and operatic repertoires, Young has been a regular guest with internationally renowned companies such as the Wiener Staatsoper, the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Zurich Opera and orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Since my first appearances with the Sydney Symphony 23 years ago, I have witnessed its extraordinary artistic growth. It’s a virtuosic ensemble and it is an Orchestra of which every Australian can be proud.
Of her return to Sydney, the critically acclaimed conductor said, “I am thrilled to take up this role with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As an Orchestra, it is amongst the world’s finest. Since my first appearances with the Sydney Symphony 23 years ago, I have witnessed its extraordinary artistic growth. It’s a virtuosic ensemble and it is an Orchestra of which every Australian can be proud.”
“It is an Orchestra I know and love. I grew up with the Sydney Symphony and its performances provided me with a rich experience of music which I was able to take with me from my high school days to the moment I first stepped on a podium. The Orchestra continues to inspire me.”
“My first season as Chief Conductor will coincide with the reopening of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall which has been the Orchestra’s home since the opening of the Sydney Opera House in 1973. With the completion of the acoustic refurbishment, audiences will be able to experience the extraordinary musical quality of the Sydney Symphony with every performance.”
“It is a remarkable time for classical music in Australia. The acoustic renewal of the Concert Hall is a wonderful and appropriate gift and will ensure that the Orchestra reaches even greater heights of performance.”
‘‘Simone Young is one of Australia’s greatest musical exports. That she has agreed to become our Chief Conductor represents a landmark moment in the history of the Sydney Symphony, and for classical music in Australia.’’
The Sydney Symphony’s CEO Emma Dunch said of the appointment “Simone Young is one of Australia’s greatest musical exports. That she has agreed to become our Chief Conductor represents a landmark moment in the history of the Sydney Symphony, and for classical music in Australia.
Simone comes to the Sydney Symphony with an extraordinary international reputation for artistic excellence and musical success across the symphonic and operatic spheres. Her extraordinary talent and achievements, and her presence here, will have a profound impact on the musical and cultural life of our nation.
“One of the great artistic institutions of this country led by a brilliant musical mind will be matched by a renewed Concert Hall of international standards. This will be a stunning time for music and for communities.”
In an initial three-year commitment (2022–2024) as Chief Conductor, Young will conduct the Sydney Symphony for eight weeks every year commencing with the 2022 season and will continue to work with the Orchestra around artistic planning and programming while she fulfills her ongoing conducting engagements in Europe and the United States of America.