Simone Young will be the Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the 2022 season onwards.

 Simone has a long association with the Sydney Symphony having first conducted the orchestra in 1996. Her concerts with the Sydney Symphony this December coincided with the closing of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall for renewal for the next two seasons. In her first season as Chief, she will lead the Orchestra back into the Concert Hall.

 Simone is a truly remarkable artist. This announcement follows her previous appointments as General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. Simone also currently holds the role of Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

 Audiences around the world will know Simone as an acclaimed interpreter of the music of Wagner and Strauss and has conducted an astonishing range of works as a regular guest of the Vienna State Opera, Berlin State Opera and the Hamburg State Opera.

 If you’re in Tokyo, New York, Cincinnati, Minnesota or Boston , you’ll be able to witness Simone in performances in each of those cities.

Back in Australia she will appear with the Sydney Symphony – now as Chief Conductor designate – for performances in July, August and September 2020.

 As the Sydney Symphony’s CEO Emma Dunch has just said “this is a milestone moment for classical music in Australia and around the globe.”

 Congratulations Simone.