Born in Sydney, Simone Young studied music at her native town and began conducting in Germany. She was soon invited to almost every major opera house and symphony orchestra in the world.
Ms. Young’s previous titled positions include: Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic; Artistic Director of Opera Australia; Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon; Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic. Since July 2022 Simone Young is Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
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. She also conducts a wide range of symphonic repertoire, with a strong emphasis on contemporary music.
As a guest conductor in the 2022-23 season she leads productions at the Opéra de Paris (Salome), at the Vienna State Opera (Elektra and Die Fledermaus), at the Metropolitan Opera (Der Rosenkavalier), while concert invitations lead her to the stages of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Orchestre national de France, the Orquesta nacional de España, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Philharmonia Zürich and the Orchestre national de Lyon.
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.