Simone Young was born in Sydney. She began her career in Germany and soon found herself making guest appearances at many of the great international opera houses. She has been the chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since the autumn of 2020. Prior to that, she was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (2017-2020), Principal Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic (1998-2002), Artistic Director of the Opera Australia (2001-2003), Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Artistic Director of the Hamburg Staatsoper and Musical Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic (2005-2015). She has conducted the entire Ring Cycle at both the Vienna Staatsoper and Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden and is considered by many to be a specialist of the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss. She continues to collaborate regularly with both the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Pfitzner’s Palestrina) and the Staatsoper in Vienna (Halévy’s La Juive). During her tenure in Hamburg, she conducted numerous world premieres of new contemporary works as well as a vast repertoire of operas (by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Strauss, Hindemith, Britten, and Henze). She has conducted numerous musical ensembles in concert, including the Berlin, London, Munich, New York, Dresden and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, and the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra. Her recordings include Mathis der Maler and The Ring with the Hamburg Staatsoper and the entire catalogue of symphonies by Bruckner in their original version as well as the symphonies of Brahms.