Simone Young is about to take to the podium as the new Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Harriet Cunninghamtalks to the Sydney-­born maestra and the SSO’s Chief Executive Officer Emma Dunch about what it means for the Orchestra, its musicians and audiences to have lured her back, the challenges ahead, and their plans to find new ways of engaging with the community.

Simone Young
Simone Young. Photo © Nic Walker

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s new Chief Conductor looks out at us from the first page of the 2022 brochure. Dressed in black, against a black background, hair worn long, face almost without expression, it projects the uncompromising gaze of someone who has no truck with the superficial, no interest in...