Conductor Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle

A preview of our concerts featuring the outstanding British maestro Sir Simon Rattle, former music director of both the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Philharmonic, and incumbent chief conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

About Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle, born in Liverpool and educated at the Royal Academy of Music, is a highly accomplished conductor and Music Director. His remarkable career spans several decades and is marked by significant contributions to classical music.

From 1980 to 1998, Sir Simon served as the Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 1990, he was appointed as the orchestra's Music Director, solidifying his influential role. Later, in 2002, he took on the prestigious position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the renowned Berliner Philharmoniker, which he held until the conclusion of the 2017-18 season.

In September 2017, Sir Simon assumed the role of Music Director with the esteemed London Symphony Orchestra, a position he will hold until the end of the 2023-24 season, after which he will become the orchestra's Conductor Emeritus. Additionally, starting from the 2023-24 season, he will take up the esteemed role of Chief Conductor with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich.

Sir Simon Rattle's influence extends beyond his orchestral engagements. He is a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and serves as the Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Throughout his career, he has recorded over 70 albums for renowned labels like EMI (now Warner Classics), receiving numerous prestigious international awards for his exceptional recordings. Notable releases include works by Stravinsky, Berlioz, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Rachmaninov.

Passionate about music education, Sir Simon has pioneered groundbreaking initiatives. His collaboration with the Berliner Philharmoniker resulted in the innovative education program Zukunft@Bphil, recognized with the Comenius Prize, Schiller Special Prize, Golden Camera, and Urania Medal. He and the orchestra were appointed International UNICEF Ambassadors, a first for an artistic ensemble. In 2019, Sir Simon launched the LSO East London Academy, a free program nurturing the musical talents of young individuals aged 11 to 18.

Sir Simon Rattle's outstanding contributions have earned him prestigious personal honors, including a knighthood in 1994 and membership in the Order of Merit. He received the Order of Merit in Berlin in 2018 and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 2019.

In the 2022-23 season, Sir Simon conducts captivating performances with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Notable highlights include Mozart's Idomeneo at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and Gerard McBurney's production of Berg's Wozzeck at the Aix en Provence Festival. Additionally, he will lead the London Symphony Orchestra on tours to Japan, South Korea, and Australia, enchanting audiences worldwide with his exceptional artistry.

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