Simone Margaret Young (AM) is an Australian conductor.
She is music director of the Hamburg Philharmonic and general manager of the Hamburg State Opera.
She has been previously chief conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Australia.
As a guest conductor Simone Young has led many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and Staatskapelle Dresden, and leading opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, the Bastille Opera and the Bavarian State Opera.
In 1983 she worked at Opera Australia (formerley The Australian Opera) as a repetiteur. Working under conductors that included Sir Charles Mackerras, Richard Bonynge, Carlo Felice Cillario and Stuart Challender she began her operatic conducting career at the Sydney Opera House in 1985.
She went on to become an assistant to James Conlon at the Cologne Opera and then to Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin State Opera and the Bayreuth Festival.
She has since conducted at the Royal Opera House in London, the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and at many other leading opera houses.
She has also served as principal conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway.
From 2001 to 2003, she again served with Opera Australia, this time as chief conductor but her contract was not renewed when the company hinted that they could not afford to implement changes she was demanding.
She was named as "conductor of the year" in 2006.
In 1993 Simone Young was the first female to conduct at the Vienna State Opera and in 2005 she became the first female to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic.