BCMG Founding Patron Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle

Founding Patron

Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.

Between 1980 and 1998, Rattle was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, then Music Director. He toured and recorded extensively with them and also conducted leading orchestras in London, Europe and the USA, initially working closely with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestras, more recently with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He regularly conducts the Vienna Philharmonic, with which he has recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos (with Alfred Brendel) and is also a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Founding Patron of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Following his 1977 Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut, he conducted many productions there, and a series for Netherlands Opera. Other notable debuts included English National Opera, Los Angeles, Royal Opera House, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris and the Metropolitan Opera.

For 15 years a regular guest conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle became its Chief Conductor and Artistic Director in September 2002. The Berliner Philharmoniker has for many years enjoyed close links with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and, since his appointment, Simon Rattle has led two projects in Venezuela.

In 2007/2008, Berliner Philharmoniker’s 125th birthday celebrations included Berlin in Lights a 10-day Carnegie Hall residency; a Scandinavian tour and the BBC Proms. In 2008 his birthplace Liverpool bestowed the freedom of the City on him and as part of the 2008 European Capital of Culture, he gave concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent seasons have included Far East and European tours with Berliner Philharmoniker; projects with Vienna Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

An exclusive EMI artist for many years, Rattle has made over 70 recordings for the label, and has received numerous prestigious international awards.