Sir Simon Rattle
About Sir Simon Rattle
British maestro Sir Simon Rattle was Principal Conductor for three acclaimed symphony orchestras, recorded more than 450 LPs, and has been nominated for 20 Grammy Awards.
∙ From 1980 to 1998, Rattle raised the international profile and recording catalog of the City of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as their Chief Conductor and Artistic Adviser.
∙ When he conducted 3,889 musicians for a performance of Sir Malcolm Arnold’s “Little Suite No. 2” in 1998, he successfully set the Guinness World Record for World’s Largest Orchestra.
∙ From 2002 to 2018, he served as Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, with which he won two Classical BRIT Awards for Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year.
∙ He won back-to-back Grammy Awards for Best Choral Performance in 2008 and 2009, for Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem and Stravinsky: Symphonies.
∙ During the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance in Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire.”
∙ In 2017, he began his multi-year appointment as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.
BORNJanuary 19, 1955