Sir Simon Rattle
About Sir Simon
Chief Conductor: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra Conductor Laureate: London Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor, Rafael Kubelík Chair: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He is Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. He is a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. He was Principal Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 2002 to 2018. In 2024 Sir Simon was announced as the Principal Guest Conductor, Rafael Kubelik Chair, of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
Sir Simon regularly tours within Europe, the United States and Asia, and has longstanding relationships with the world’s leading orchestras. He regularly conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Czech Philharmonic. Recent operatic highlights include Der Rosenkavalier at The Metropolitan Opera Company, Janáček’s Kat'a Kabanovà at the Staatsoper Berlin, as well as Tristan und Isolde and Wozzeck with the London Symphony Orchestra at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
Music Education is of supreme importance to Sir Simon. During his tenure as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, he announced the creation of the LSO East London Academy. The free programme aims to identify and develop the musical potential of young East Londoners. While Principal Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he made ground breaking changes to the orchestra’s outreach and educational programmes, earning him numerous international awards.
Sir Simon was awarded a knighthood by Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1994 and received the Order of Merit in 2014. He received the Order of Merit in Berlin in 2018; and in 2019 was given the Freedom of the City of London.