After studying music at her native town in Sydney, Simone Young began conducting in Germany. She was soon invited to almost every major opera house and symphony orchestra in the world.
She is considered one of today's leading conductors and a specialist in Wagner and Richard Strauss. Her reputation was built early in her career from conducting several complete Ring cycles at the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin State Opera, as well as Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Elektra, Salome, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Ariadne auf Naxos at the Bayerische Staatsoper (the Bavarian State Opera). She also conducts a wide range of symphonic repertoire, with a strong emphasis on contemporary music.
Simone Young is currently Principal Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In the 2021-22 season she returns to Zurich (Salome), Vienna (Das verratene Meer, Peter Grimes), Berlin (Der Rosenkavalier) and Paris (Parsifal). She also conducts concerts in Norway, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Poland, Japan and the USA.
She has received numerous awards: Honorary Doctorate from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, Brahms-Preis Schleswig-Holstein, Goethe-Medaille, Advance Awards Global Icon, Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres), and Member of the Order of Australia. She is a professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg.