A native of Sydney, Australia, Simone Young is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. 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 the Hamburg State Opera and chief music director of Hamburg Philharmonic (2005 to 2015), and Capellmeister at Cologne Opera.
This season sees Ms. Young return to Berlin State Opera to conduct R. Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten, and to Vienna State Opera with Wagner’s Lohengrin. She also leads performances of From the House of the Dead, Jenůfa, and Tannhäuser at Bavarian State Opera, and Elektra at Zurich Opera. Equally in demand on the concert podium, the 2018-19 season brings her to orchestras in Stockholm, Lausanne, Berlin, Leipzig, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, and Australia. She makes her SFS debut at these performances.
Ms. Young has conducted multiple complete cycles of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Vienna State Opera and Berlin State Opera, as well as his Die Walküre and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg along with 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 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 Aribert Reimann’s Lear.
Ms. Young holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, the Brahms Prize of Schleswig-Holstein, the Goethe Medal, and 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.