Simone Young

After completing musical studies in her native Sydney, Australia, Simone Young began her career on the podium in Germany. This launched her international career, which has taken her to nearly all the major opera houses and symphony orchestras around the world.

Ms. Young is Principal Guest Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra . She was previously principal conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic (1998 to 2002), artistic director of Australian Opera (2001 to 2003), principal guest conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, artistic director of Hamburg State Opera, and chief music director of the Hamburg Philharmonic (2005 to 2015).

This season sees Ms. Young return once again to Vienna State Opera to lead a new production of A Midsummer Night´s Dream. She also conducts performances of Aribert Reimann’s Lear at Teatro Real Madrid, Fidelio at Berlin State Opera, and Salome at Zurich Opera. Equally in demand on the concert podium, Ms. Young leads orchestras in Paris, Madrid, New York, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Tokyo, Monte-Carlo, Leipzig, Helsinki, Barcelona, Manchester, and Australia this season. She made her San Francisco Symphony debut last season.

Ms. Young has conducted multiple complete cycles of Wagner’s Ring at Vienna State Opera and Berlin State Opera, as well as his Die Walküre and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, R. Strauss’s Elektra, Salome, Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Ariadne auf Naxos, and Pfitzner’s Palestrina at Bavarian State Opera. She has enjoyed a long relationship with Vienna State Opera, which began with her debut in 1993, and she has also appeared as a guest conductor at Opéra National de Paris, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, Metropolitan Opera in New York, and the major opera houses in Munich, Berlin, Dresden, and Zurich.

In addition to complete recordings of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler and Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Hamburg State Opera, the OehmsClassics label has released Ms. Young’s recordings with the Hamburg Philharmonic of the complete Bruckner symphonies, as well as the complete symphonies of Brahms, Mahler’s Sixth and Seventh Symphonies, and Franz Schmidt’s The Book with the Seven Seals. Her performance of Halévy's La Juive at Vienna State Opera is available on CD, while DVDs have been released of her Bavarian State Opera performances of Palestrina, and her Hamburg performances of Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites, and Lear.

Ms. Young holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, and her accolades include the Brahms Prize of Schleswig-Holstein and the Goethe Medal. She is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in France, a Member of the Order of Australia, and a Professor at the Academy of Music and Theater in Hamburg.

(November 2019)