Simone Young has been Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra since August 2005. She conducts a broad musical spectrum of premieres and repertoire performances by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Strauss to Hindemith, Britten and Henze.
She has achieved major success at the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra with world premieres and several German premieres. Simone Young has also made a name for herself internationally as a conductor of Wagner: she assumed the musical direction of numerous complete cycles of the “Ring of the Nibelung” at the Vienna State Opera and the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin. At the Hamburg State Opera, she successfully forged her own “Ring” and conducts the complete cycle here too. Young was born in Sydney and her work now takes her to the world’s leading opera houses including the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, the Bavarian State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Los Angeles Opera. Alongside her extensive operatic work, Simone Young has also made a name for herself on the concert podium. She has worked with all the world’s leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1999 to 2002, Simone Young was the Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and from January 2001 to December 2003, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Australian Opera in Sydney and Melbourne. She has also been the Principal Guest Conductor of the Lisbon Gulbenkian Orchestra since summer 2007.
Numerous CD recordings of Simone Young’s work are available. Oehms Classics has released recordings from the Hamburg State Opera such as “Mathis der Mahler”, “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre”, as well as several recordings with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, including four Bruckner symphonies in the original version and Johannes Brahms’ First and Second Symphonies.
Young has received numerous prizes and awards; she holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Sydney and Melbourne, is a professor of the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre and is holder of the Member of the Order of Australia, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and the Goethe medal. Simone Young was honoured with the title of “Conductor of the Year“ for her first opera season in Hamburg and also received the Schleswig-Holstein Brahms Award. In 2009, together with the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, she made the Hanseatic town the world’s biggest concert hall by conducting 100 musicians at 50 different locations throughout the city from the tower of the St Michaelis church.