Simone Young appointed conductor of Sydney Symphony Orchestra
(Credit: (c) Jay Patel)
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra has announced that Simone Young will be the conductor of the orchestra from 2022.
Following a global search, the orchestra announced that 12 months before taking office, Young will be the orchestra’s designated conductor.
The conductor said in a press release: “I am delighted to take on this role with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestra, it is among the best in the world. Since my first appearances with the Sydney Symphony 23 years ago, I have witnessed its extraordinary artistic growth. It’s a virtuoso ensemble and it’s an orchestra that every Australian can be proud of.
Prior to assuming office, Young will prepare for the Orchestra’s return to the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. The Orchestra is expected to leave the Sydney Opera House in December 2019 to allow for a two-year renovation of the concert hall. As a result, Young’s debut as a conductor in 2022 will coincide with the reopening of the Concert Hall, the home of the orchestra since the Sydney Opera House opened in 1973.
Young has a long-standing association with the Sydney Symphony since 1996 when she made her debut with the orchestra. Since then he has been a regular guest conductor of the orchestra. She was also General Director and Artistic Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of the Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra. She is currently Principal Guest Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, Switzerland.