Sir Simon Rattle receives Germany’s highest honour

08 Feb 2022

Sir Simon Rattle has received the Grand Cross of Merit with Star of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, one of Germany’s highest honours. The award was presented by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in a ceremony in Berlin on Tuesday, the 8th of February. 

Simon Rattle was chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker from 2002 to 2018. It was on his initiative that the orchestra’s education programme was created during this time - made possible by Deutsche Bank - with the primary aim of introducing children and young people to classical music.

(Photo: Oliver Helbig)