For many years now, Simone Young has been one of the most important conductors of our time. She studied in her native city of Sydney and received a stipend to work at the Cologne Opera where she soon appeared as Kapellmeister; Daniel Barenboim then engaged her at the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin. At this time she also rapidly developed her international career, which led her to all the world's most important opera houses and symphony orchestras within just a few years.
Simone Young was Artistic Director of the Australian Opera from 2001 to 2003, in which capacity she directed the opera houses in both Sydney and Melbourne. From 1998 to 2002 she held the position of Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra from 2007 to 2012.
Beginning in August 2005 until the end of the 2014/15 season, Simone Young was Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic. During these years she dedicated herself almost exclusively to her tasks in Hamburg, conducting a wide musical spectrum of premieres and repertoire presentations of composers ranging from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Strauss to Hindemith, Britten and Henze. At both the State Opera and the Philharmonic in Hamburg, she achieved great successes with both world premieres and numerous German premieres. The proportion of contemporary music in the Philharmonic programmes became a matter of course during her tenure. Simone Young already gained an international reputation as a Wagner and Strauss conductor at the beginning of her career; she took over the musical direction of several complete cycles of the Ring of the Nibelung at the Vienna State Opera, the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin as well as the direction of a new production at the Hamburg State Opera. She directed Elektra, Salome, The Woman Without a Shadow, Ariadne on Naxos, The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, The Valkyrie and the new production of Palestrina, amongst other operas, at the Munich State Opera. At the Vienna State Opera, where she made her widely acclaimed debut in 1993, she conducted a broad repertoire including the major works of Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss, the worldwide acclaimed rediscovery of Halevy's La Juive (1999) as well as numerous works of the Italian repertoire. Following an interval of several years due to her activities in Hamburg, she returned to Vienna during the 2011/12 season with a celebrated revival of Strauss's Daphne. Since then she has been regularly heard in Vienna, where she will continue to perform in new productions as well as revivals. Engagements have taken the conductor to the world's leading opera houses, including the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Following the completion of her ten-year period in Hamburg, Simone Young is now regularly appearing as a guest conductor at major opera houses, especially those in Munich, Berlin, Vienna, Dresden and Zurich.
Alongside her extensive operatic activities, Simone Young has also made a name for herself on the concert podium. She has worked with leading orchestras such as the Vienna and the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York and the Munich Philharmonic and many others. Since the completion of her term in Hamburg, she is again working with numerous international orchestras, including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin as well as various orchestras in Australia. During the current season she will also be returning to Japan where collaboration with various orchestra has been planned.
Simone Young has made numerous CD recordings. On the OehmsClassics label, there are the complete recording of Mathis der Maler from the Hamburg State Opera and the complete Ring of the Nibelung, as well as recordings with the Hamburg Philharmonic. Amongst other works, the complete Bruckner symphonies in their original versions have been issued in succession, as well as all the symphonies of Johannes Brahms. In addition, these recordings include the Second and Sixth Symphonies of Gustav Mahler and Franz Schmidt's Book with
Sevel Seals. From Vienna there is the recording of La Juive on CD, from Munich Palestrina on DVD and from Hamburg Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites and Reimann's Lear.
Simone Young holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, is a Professor at the Academy of Music and Theatre in Hamburg, a Member of the Order of Australia and a "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" in France and also a recipient of the Goethe Medal. In addition, she is a winner of the Brahms Prize of Schleswig-Holstein.