Sir Simon Rattle, is an English conductor. He rose to prominence as conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is currently principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
In 1974, Rattle was made assistant conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and in 1977 assistant conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. His time with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to 1998 drew him to the attention of critics and the public. In 1980, Rattle became the CBSO’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser, and in 1990, Music Director. Rattle made his conducting debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987, in a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. In 1999, Rattle was appointed as successor to Claudio Abbado as the BPO’s principal conductor.
Rattle made his North American conducting debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1979, and was their Principal Guest Conductor from 1981-1994. He also guest-conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Symphony Orchestra.
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