Australian conductor Simone Young wins 2011 Bernard Heinze Memorial Award

August 11 / 66

Internationally respected conductor Simone Young has been chosen as the recipient of the 2011 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to music in Australia.

The award is presented annually by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) Friends.

Conservatorium Director Professor Gary McPherson said: “Over the past two decades, working with premier opera companies and prestigious symphony orchestras in Australia and internationally, Simone Young has reinforced her reputation as one of the leading conductors of her generation.

“She is acclaimed by both the profession and public alike for her musical programming and performance successes.”

The award honours the memory of Sir Bernard Heinze (1894-1982), Ormond Professor of Music at the University for 31 years and one of the major pioneers of orchestral musical life in Australia. It includes a commemorative medal and monetary prize.

On behalf of the MSO Friends Jacci Simpson said: “The Friends are proud to support the presentation of this award to Simone Young which is given in recognition of her work promoting excellence in music in Australia, and as a worthy ambassador for Australia on the world stage.”

Australian-born Simone Young is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation.

In August 2005 she took up the post of General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, Music Director of the Hamburg Philharmonic and has already celebrated many outstanding successes including the Hamburg Ring Cycle, Simon Boccanegra, Tristan und Isolde, Mathis der Maler, Salome, Palestrina and Bliss and Daphne.  

Former award winners of the include: Maestro Richard Bonynge, pianist Stephen McIntyre, singer Yvonne Kenny, composer Peter Sculthorpe, conductor John Hopkins, horn player Barry Tuckwell, violinist Richard Tognetti, conductor and composer Brett Dean and music educator Sir Frank Callaway.


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