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Simone Young



Simone Young is considered one of the most important conductors of our time. After completing her musical studies in her native Sydney, she launched her international career on the podium in Germany. Young has served as chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2022. Her previous positions have included principal guest conductor of the Orchestre Chambre de Lausanne (2017–20), principal conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic (1998–2002), artistic director of Opera Australia (2001–03), principal guest conductor of Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Orchestra, artistic director of Hamburg Staatsoper, and chief music director of the Hamburg Philharmonic (2005–15).

Young is well known as a Wagner and Richard Strauss specialist, a reputation she developed early in her career when she conducted multiple complete cycles of Wagner’s Ring at Vienna Staatsoper and Berlin Staatsoper. She has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the leading orchestras in Berlin, London, New York, Vienna, Munich, Paris, Los Angeles, Dallas, and San Francisco. After completing her tenure in Hamburg, Young is appearing once again as a regular guest with orchestras around the world, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Dresden Philharmonic, as well as at a number of orchestras in North America and her native Australia.

In addition to complete recordings of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler and Wagner’s Ring with Hamburg Staatsoper, Young’s recordings with the Hamburg Philharmonic, on OehmsClassics, include the complete Bruckner symphonies in their original versions, the Brahms symphonic cycle, Mahler’s Sixth and Seventh Symphonies, and Franz Schmidt’s The Book with the Seven Seals. Her performance of Halevy’s rediscovered La Juive at Vienna Staatsoper has been released on CD, and DVDs have been released of her performances at Bavarian Staatsoper of Pfitzner’s Palenstrina and Janáček´s Aus einem Totenhaus, and her Hamburg performances of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Aribert Reimann’s Lear.

Along with honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, Young’s awards and accolades include the Brahms Prize of Schleswig-Holstein and Goethe Medal, and she is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France, Member of the Order of Australia, and a Professor at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. In April 2022 she was awarded honorary membership of Vienna Staatsoper.

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