Conducting Mentor of the Critical Orchestra® 2020
Simone Young studied piano and composition in her hometown of Sydney. After holding positions as Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Australian Opera in Sydney and Melbourne, she was Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra from 2005 to 2015. She has made guest appearances at all major international opera houses, including Vienna, Zurich, Paris, London, New York, Berlin, Dresden and Munich. In addition to her extensive opera career, Simone Young works with leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and all major orchestras in Australia and Japan.