Simon Rattle

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Simon Rattle

English conductor add

Category: Music

Born in 1955.

Countries: United Kingdom (41%), Germany (18%), (11%)

Main connections: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra

Linked to: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

 

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Simon Rattle was born in 1955 add something


1964

Janet Baker - Among her most notable achievements are her recordings of the Angel in Elgar's "The Dream of Gerontius", made with Sir John Barbirolli in December 1964 and Sir Simon Rattle over twenty years later; her 1965 performances of Elgar's "Sea Pictures" and Mahler's Rückert-Lieder, recorded with Barbirolli; and, from 1965, the first commercial recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Christmas oratorio "Hodie" under Sir David Willcocks


1965

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic - Its patron is Sir Simon Rattle, who was a percussionist in the orchestra from 1965 to 1972


1971

He entered the Royal Academy of Music, University of London, in 1971 add something


1974

In 1974, his graduation year, Rattle won the John Player International Conducting Competition add something


1975

Roy Goodman - As a violinist and concertmaster, he played from 1975 to 1985 under the baton of Ivan Fischer, John Eliot Gardiner, Charles Mackerras, Roger Norrington, and Simon Rattle


1976

Rattle made his North American debut in 1976, conducting the London Schools Symphony Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl add something


1977

In 1977 he became assistant conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic add something


1978

Symphony No. 1 (Davies) - Royal Festival Hall - It was commissioned by the Philharmonia Orchestra, which gave the premiere of the symphony at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 2 February 1978, with Simon Rattle conducting


1980

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - He rose to international prominence during the 1980s and 1990s as conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and since 2002 has been principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic add something

 

His time with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to 1998 drew him to the attention of critics and the public add something

 

In 1980, Simon Rattle became the CBSO's Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser, and in 1990, Music Director add something

 

Barrie Gavin - In the 1980s Gavin began a collaboration with the conductor Sir Simon Rattle

 

Los Angeles Philharmonic - Michael Tilson Thomas, Leonard Bernstein, and Sir Simon Rattle made several recordings with the orchestra in the 1980s, adding to their rising international profile

 

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - The CBSO began to gain greater international renown after Simon Rattle became chief conductor in 1980


1984

Edward Elgar - On 25 February 1984, this locomotive was officially named "Sir Edward Elgar" at Paddington station in London by Simon Rattle, conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


1985

His New York City debut was with the LA Phil in 1985 add something


1987

Rattle made his conducting debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1987, in a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 6 add something

 

Rattle was awarded a CBE in 1987 and made a Knight Bachelor in 1994 add something

 

John Mark Ainsley - Ainsley made his official solo debut in 1987 when he sang in Stravinsky's "Mass" under Simon Rattle


1991

He was elected an Honorary Fellow of St Anne's in 1991 add something

 

One other major achievement during his time was the move of the CBSO from its former venue, Birmingham Town Hall, to a newly built concert hall, Symphony Hall, in 1991 add something


1992

In 1992, Rattle was named a Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment , along with Frans Brüggen add something

 

Symphony No. 7 (Henze) - Sir Simon Rattle's 1992 recording takes 38 minutes, and Marek Janowski's 2007 recording slightly under 35


1993

In 1993, Rattle made his conducting debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra add something

 

London Philharmonic Orchestra - They can be heard in the 1993 television production of Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess", conducted by Simon Rattle and the 1989 EMI recording of the opera


1995

They were divorced in 1995 after 15 years of marriage add something


1996

He has championed much contemporary music, an example of this being the 1996 TV series "Leaving Home", where he presents a 7-part survey of musical styles and conductors with excerpts recorded by the CBSO. His newest recordings with the Berlin orchestra have, on the whole, been favourably received, notably his recordings of the Dvo?ák tone poems, Mahler's Symphony No. 9 and Claude Debussy's "La mer" add something

 

In 1996 he married his second wife, Candace Allen, a Boston-born writer add something

 

Oliver Knussen - He was married to Sue Knussen, a US-born producer and director of music programmes for BBC television and for the UK's Channel 4 – for which she made "Leaving Home", an introduction to 20th century music presented by Simon Rattle in a series of seven one-hour programmes, which won the 1996 BAFTA *award for "Best Arts Series"


1998

The second, in 1998, did succeed and the record held at nearly 4,000 musicians until it was broken in 2000 by a group in Vancouver add something


1999

He returned for guest conducting engagements in 1999 and 2000 add something

 

He was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Music "honoris causa" of the University of Oxford in 1999 add something

 

In 1999, Rattle was appointed as successor to Claudio Abbado as the orchestra's principal conductor add something


2000

Lena Horne - Thereafter, Horne essentially retired from performing and largely retreated from public view, though she did return to the recording studio in 2000 to contribute vocal tracks on Simon Rattle's "Classic Ellington" album


2001

Rattle now has the title of Principal Artist with the OAE. In 2001, he conducted the OAE at Glyndebourne in their first production of "Fidelio" with a period-instrument orchestra add something


2002

He gave his first concert as principal conductor of the BPO on 7 September 2002, leading performances of Thomas Adès' "Asyla" and Mahler's Symphony No. 5, performances which received rave reviews from the press worldwide and were recorded for CD and DVD release by EMI. Early collaborative projects in the Berlin community with Rattle and the BPO involved a choreographed performance of Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and a film project with Mark-Anthony Turnage's "Blood on the Floor" add something

 

Gustavo Dudamel - He attended Charles Dutoit's master class in Buenos Aires in 2002, and worked as assistant for Simon Rattle in Berlin and Salzburg in 2003


2005

Rattle himself stated in 2005 that his relationship with the BPO musicians could sometimes be "turbulent", but "never destructively so" add something

 

Unsuk Chin - Since it has been programmed in 14 countries in Europe, Asia and North America, and performed, among others, by Christian Tetzlaff, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Simon Rattle in 2005


2006

However, Rattle continues to guest-conduct The Philadelphia Orchestra, including appearances in 2006 and the Philadelphia Orchestra's first performances of Robert Schumann's cantata "Das Paradies und die Peri" in November 2007 add something

 

In 2006, a new controversy began in the German press as to the quality of Rattle's concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, with criticism from the German critic Manuel Brug in "Die Welt" add something

 

In May 2006 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Arts add something

 

Veronika Eberle - Salzburg Easter Festival - Since giving her concerto debut at the age of 10 , she has appeared with some of the world's finest orchestras, and her introduction by Simon Rattle to a packed Festpielhaus at the 2006 Salzburg Easter Festival, in a performance of the Beethoven concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker, spurred her international career

 

Vladimir Komarov - This asteroid and the cosmonaut inspired the composer Brett Dean to write a piece of symphonic music commissioned by conductor Simon Rattle in 2006

 

Hanspeter Kyburz - On September 1, 2006, Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, performed the London Premiere of "Noesis" as part of the Promenade Concert season at London's Royal Albert Hall


 

He has won two other Grammy awards, one Choral Performance award for a recording of Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms" in 2007, and another for Best Orchestral Performance for a recording of Mahler's unfinished "Symphony No. 10" in 2000 add something

 

Rattle's 2007 recording of Johannes Brahms's "Ein deutsches Requiem" received praise from "BBC Music Magazine", as "Disc of the Month" for April 2007, "as probably the best new version of the "Requiem" I've heard in quite some years add something

 

UNICEF appointed Rattle and the BPO as Goodwill Ambassadors in November 2007 add something

 

Iain Paterson (bass-baritone) - He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2007 as Fasolt in Wagner's "Das Rheingold" under Sir Simon Rattle


 

Rattle's recording of Brahms's "Ein deutsches Requiem" with the BPO received the Choral Performance Grammy award in 2008 add something

 

This second marriage ended after Rattle began a relationship with the Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Ko?ená, whom he married in 2008 add something


2010

The government of France made him a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 2010 add something


2011

In 2011, the Royal Academy of Music presented him with an Honorary Doctorate add something


2012

London Symphony Orchestra - Rattle conducted the London Symphony Orchestra at the Opening of the London Olympics 2012 add something

 

He was voted into the inaugural Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2012 add something

 

Rattle was originally contracted to lead the BPO through 2012, but in April 2008 the BPO musicians voted to extend his contract as chief conductor for an additional ten years past the next season, to 2018 add something

 

Symphony No. 9 (Bruckner) - In 2012, EMI released a live recording of the Conclusive Edition of the Samale et al. score with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Simon Rattle

 

Symphony No. 9 (Bruckner) - It was performed in Berlin on 9 February 2012 by Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic and can be watched on the Internet


2013

London Symphony Orchestra - In September 2013, he was rumoured to have accepted the post of principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra after he steps down from the BPO. add something


2014

He was appointed Member of the Order of Merit in the 2014 New Year Honours add something

 

A third child, a daughter Ane?ka was born in June 2014 add something


2015

In March 2015 it was confirmed that Rattle has accepted the post of principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra , a position which he will take up in September 2017 add something


2016

In September and October 2016, Rattle is scheduled to conduct the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde add something

 

Vilde Frang - In 2016, Frang performed Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle as part of their Europe Concert in Røros, Norway


2018

On Wednesday evening, June 20, 2018, Sir Simon Rattle conducted his last Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra concert having chosen Mahler's Sixth Symphony to complete his formal tour with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra add something