Simone Young

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Simone Young (born March 2, 1961 in Sydney ) is an Australian conductor , opera director and university professor.


Simone Young is of Irish-Croatian descent. Her father is a lawyer and the mother is a seamstress. She made her first experiences with music at the age of five at the piano of her grandmother.

She studied composition and piano in her hometown of Sydney and began her conducting career in 1985 at the Sydney Opera House . At the age of 24 she stood there for the first time in an orchestra pit when she had to stand in for a colleague who was sick.

In 1986 a grant from the Australian Ministry of Culture took her to Europe. In 1991 she became assistant to James Conlon at the Cologne Opera and then to Daniel Barenboim at the Unter den Linden State Opera in Berlin and at the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. Barenboim, whose extensive network of contacts in the music world enabled her to work with excellent orchestras, became one of her greatest patrons. Since then she has conducted at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, at the Vienna State Opera , at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and at other important opera houses as well as many famous symphony orchestras worldwide. a. the Berlin Philharmonic , the Vienna Philharmonic , the New York Philharmonic , the Munich Philharmonic , the Staatskapelle Dresden , the Staatskapelle Berlin , the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna , the Stuttgart Philharmonic , the Philharmonic Hamburg and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra .

From 1999 to 2002 Simone Young was chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and from 2001 to 2003 chief conductor and artistic director of Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne.

From 2005 to 2015 she was artistic director of the Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg General Music Director . As she announced on December 8, 2011, she wanted to let her contract expire in 2015. In addition, since 2006 she has been a professor at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater .

In 2015 she conducted the annual national holiday concert in Vienna since 2006 .

Simone Young has been a member of the board of the European Music Theater Academy since March 2016 .

In December 2019 it was announced that she would become chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2022 .



  • Elke Mascha Blankenburg : Simone Young . In: Dies .: Female conductors in the 20th century: portraits from Marin Alsop to Simone Young . European Publishing House, Hamburg 2003, ISBN 3-434-50536-9 , pp. 226-234.
  • Ralf Pleger: Simone Young. The conductor. A portrait . European Publishing House, Hamburg 2006, ISBN 978-3-434-50599-0 .

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  2. European Music Theater Academy | Conductor Simone Young new Member of the Board. In: Retrieved March 16, 2016 .
  3. Simone Young will conduct the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In: . December 13, 2019, accessed December 13, 2019 .
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