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Simone Young

Chief Conductor


Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Chief Conductor, Simone Young, has previously held the posts of General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, Music Director of Opera Australia, Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Her Hamburg recordings include the Ring cycle, Mathis der Maler (Hindemith), and symphonies of Bruckner, Brahms and Mahler. She has conducted complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg State Opera companies.

This year Simone Young will make her much-anticipated Bayreuth Festival debut conducting Wagner’s Ring Cycle. She also returns to both the Berlin and Vienna State Opera companies, the Berlin, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Oslo and Goeteborg Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.

2023 saw the commencement of her Sydney Symphony Orchestra “Ring Cycle with the presentation of Das Rheingold which played to sold out audiences, standing ovations and 5-star reviews. A second, feature-length documentary film, Knowing the Score, about Simone Young and her career was also internationally released in 2023.

Simone Young is regularly invited by the world’s great orchestras and has led the New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Stockholm, New Japan, Helsinki and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestras; the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo; Orchestre de Paris; Staatskapelle Dresden; the BBC, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, and National Symphony Orchestra. In Australia she has conducted the West Australian, Adelaide, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras and the Australian World Orchestra.

Highly sought-after by the world's leading opera houses, most recently Simone Young has appeared at the Vienna State Opera: Die Fledermaus and Peter Grimes; The Metropolitan Opera New York: Der Rosenkavalier; Opera Nationale de Paris: Parsifal and Salome; Bavarian State Opera, Munich: Tannhäuser, Berlin State Opera: Der Rosenkavalier and Zurich Opera: Salome.

Simone Young’s many accolades include Honorary Member (Ehrenmitglied) of the Vienna State Opera, the 2019 European Cultural Prize Vienna, a Professorship at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Western Australia and New South Wales, Griffith University and Monash University, the Sir Bernard Heinze Award, the Goethe Institute Medal, Helpmann Award and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France.