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Simone Young AM


Management: Australasia

Website: www.simoneyoung.com

Australian World Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music
 “Young must now be acknowledged as a leading Messiaeniste. Not only does she know how to draw out his sumptuous near-operatic sonorities, but she tosses off those perilous rhythmic quirks – all those added value notes! – without batting an eyelid. She is known as a hard task-master and was clearly the perfect conductor for the AWO and its young ANAM colleagues.”
Vincent Plush, Limelight , 30/7/2017

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
“..the conductor herself was cheered as she mounted the podium, while the QSO looked like it couldn’t wait to get stuck in.  And that’s pretty much how it stayed all night, the orchestra playing out of its skin for a conductor it clearly adores.”
Martin Buzacott, The Australian, 14/9/2015 

La Bianca Notte – Staatsoper Hamburg
“Under Young’s meticulous direction, the Hamburg Philharmonic plays with the precision and transparency of a specialist new music ensemble, conjuring an endless procession of breathtakingly beautiful aural landscapes..…….Like the best cooks, Young leaves us wanting more.”
Shirley Apthorp, The Financial Times, 12/5/2015

 Anton Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra
“…While acknowledging its darker undercurrents, her inspiring performance celebrated its sense of cosmic mystery and spiritual wonderment… the quality of the orchestral playing matched the magnificence of Young’s conception”.
Murray Black, The Australian, 9/8/2013 

Brahms’s A German Requiem, WA Symphony Orchestra
…Her liquid but decisive gestures invite nuance and subtlety, while demanding energy and rhythmic precision.  There were moments, particularly in the third and sixth movements of the Brahms, where she took a firm grip on the performance and propelled it thrillingly forward.  Young was equally adept in moments of stillness, tenderness and reflection.  It is a joy to watch such a wonderful conductor so hard at work”.
Paul Hopwood, The Australian,  6/8/2012

“ when Simone Young conducted Messiaen’s Turangalîla at her inaugural concert with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra she ignited a firework full of colour and passion”
August 2005 The Opera Critic 


Australian-born Simone Young is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation. From 2005-2015 she was General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, where she conducted repertoire ranging from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Strauss, to Hindemith, Britten and Henze. She is an acknowledged interpreter of the operas of Wagner and Strauss, having conducted several complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Vienna Staatsoper, the Staatsoper in Berlin and most recently to great acclaim in Hamburg as part of the ‘Wagner-Wahn’ Festival, during which she conducted the 10 major Wagner operas. Her Hamburg recordings include the Ring cycle, Mathis der Maler (Hindemith), and symphonies of Bruckner, Brahms and Mahler. Her 2012 tour to Brisbane with the Hamburg Opera and Ballet, (Das Rheingold in concert, and Mahler Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”), won her the 2013 Helpmann Award for the Best Individual Classical Music Performance.

The 2016-2017 season saw Simone Young make her BBC Proms and BBC Symphony debuts, as well as returning to the Berlin Staatsoper for Tannhäuser; Munich for Tristan und Isolde, Fidelio, and Elektra; Vienna Staatsoper for a new production of Prokofiev’s The Gambler, Faust and Parsifal; Frankfurt for Ernani; and Carmen in Paris. She also conducted the Stockholm, Helsinki and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestras; Queensland, Sydney and West Australian Symphony Orchestras; at the Grafenegg Festival, and returned to the Australian World Orchestra with the Australian National Academy of Music. 2017 also marked the commencement of her appointment as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. 

The 2017- 2018 season also sees Simone Young return once again to the Vienna State Opera to conduct Salome. Thereafter, she leads Fidelio and Parsifal at the Zurich Opera, Elektra at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm, Tosca at the Berlin Staatsoper and a new production of Janacek’s From the House of the Dead at the Bavarian State Opera. Equally in demand on the concert podium, in 2017 - 2018 Simone appears as a guest with orchestras in Helsinki, Lausanne, Tokyo, Manchester, Monte Carlo, Bern and Australia and in  2018- 2019 notable debuts will include the LA Philharmonic and the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras.

Simone Young was Music Director of Opera Australia from 2001 to 2003, Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from 1999 - 2002 and from 2005 – 2012 was Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon.

Whilst Music Director of Opera Australia her development of musical standards in the company received praise from the profession and the public alike. During this time, productions she conducted included Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Otello, Eugene Onegin, Lulu, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tristan und Isolde, Tannhäuser, Falstaff, Don Carlos, Andrea Chenier, La bohème, Don Giovanni and Le nozze di Figaro (from the fortepiano), Katya Kabanova, Un Ballo in Maschera, Der Rosenkavalier and Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci. 

Simone Young has conducted the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Dresden, London and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bruckner Orchestra, Linz, City of Birmingham Symphony, the Monte Carlo, Cincinnati, and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, the Wiener Symphoniker,  New Zealand Symphony and the  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. 

In 2007 Simone was elected to the Akademie der Kuenste in Hamburg, nominated as the Conductor of the Year by Opernwelt magazine and awarded a Professorship at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg. Other awards include Green Room Awards for her  performances of Die Frau ohne Schatten ( Melbourne Festival), Tristan und Isolde Lulu; Helpmanns Award for Best Classical Concert with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and Best Musical Direction (Andrea Chenier), the Mo Award for “Classical Performer of the Year” and the 2014 International Opera Awards for best anniversary production for Verdi trilogy - La battaglia di Legnano, I due Foscari, I Lombardi with the Hamburg Staatsoper. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Griffith University, Monash University and the University of New South Wales, and has been honoured with the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France. In 2004 she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her recording of La Juive and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List.  In 2005 she received the prestigious Goethe Institute Medal and in 2011 was awarded the Sir Bernard Heinze Award.


Simone Young is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2018
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