In September 2017 Sir Simon Rattle became Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. Until the end of the 17/18 season he will combine this with his role as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he was appointed in 2002.
Born in Liverpool, Sir Simon Rattle studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Between 1974 and 1977 he was Assistant Conductor at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. He made his opera debut at Glyndebourne Festival in 1977, since then he has worked with opera houses including English National Opera, The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Netherlands Opera and leading international orchestras. In 1980 he was appointed, a rising star of the classical music world, as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he was Music Director from 1990 to 1998. Under his leadership the orchestra gained a reputation as one of the finest in the world, and in partnership with the City he successfully opened Symphony Hall, Birmingham’s acclaimed concert hall in April 1991.
Between 1981 and 1994 he was Principal Guest Conductor Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 1992 he has been Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Artistic Advisor to the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Among his international awards are the Order of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009) and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (2010). He was awarded a knighthood by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to music in 1994 and received the Order of Merit in the New Year’s Honours 2014.