“ANAM is an extraordinary institution”, says Simone, “It’s intense, it’s demanding, it’s challenging and immensely rewarding to be involved with… the musicians are totally engaged and committed”.

Australian-born Simone Young (AM) is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation. And this week, she is at ANAM mentoring and directing the ANAM Orchestra leading up to and culminating in ANAM’s Gala Concert. Her remarkable ability to enthuse young musicians is renowned, but don’t just take our word for it, this is what some of our musicians have to say…


Daniel Smith (QLD) cello: “I think my favourite performances orchestrally have almost exclusively been under maestro Young’s baton. As a world-class conductor, she knows what she expects — and exactly how to produce the result. There is no moment when rehearsing feels unnecessary, there’s always a plan to the way we rehearse to ensure that not a second is wasted. I think the reason why my peers and I hold Simone in such esteem is in the way she treats everyone with respect, and how she makes sure she gets to know everyone on a first-name basis. I think that’s why she gets the best result as a conductor too, not only through the incredible effectiveness of preparation, but because her attitude, humour and charisma is such that, as a performer, you feel obliged to deliver the best result because of the exceptional level of admiration the group has for her. Whether I think back to the Brahms concert we did with ANAM last year (probably my fifth time playing under her), or as far back as my first experience with her in AYO in 2012 (An Alpine Symphony — I must say is still my absolute favourite experience orchestrally thus far) there is no mistaking that there’s a reason these experiences are my fondest. By the time the concert comes, there is also this real sense of letting go, and to focus on having fun and on delivering the passion. I’m really looking forward to the program up ahead!”

Are you coming to the concert?


SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht
MAHLER Rückert-Lieder
BRAHMS Piano Quartet in G minor (orch. Schoenberg)

Lisa Gasteen soprano
Simone Young conductor
ANAM Orchestra

Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre
Tickets & more information: anam.com.au / 03 9645 7911

Simone Young’s residency is supported by Lepley Properties
Lisa Gasteen’s residency is supported by Peter Jopling AM QC
Champagne sponsor: Cope-Williams Winery and Arts Foundation
Beverage sponsor: Jamsheed Wines



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