Picture gallery

Sir Simon Rattle

After 16 years as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle is now leaving the orchestra. A picture for every year:  our picture gallery shows you the most important Impressions of Sir Simon Rattle's tenure.

Welcome, Sir Simon! Der Dirigent am Anfang seiner Amtszeit

Simon Fowler


Welcome, Sir Simon! The beginning of a new era 



2002: The “new” and the “old”: As part of his farewell tour as chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado met with his designated successor in Vienna.


Peter Adamik


2003: “Le sacre du printemps”, the education programme’s first dance project was a sensational success.


Matthias Heyde


2004 – Two good friends: Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey, chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor until 2015, have realised numerous joint artistic projects. 


Andreas Knapp


Asia tour 2005: Press conference with Sir Simon Rattle and the former orchestra board members Peter Riegelbauer and Jan Diesselhorst


Peter Adamik


2006: Simon Rattle often worked together with pianist Alfred Brendel, who retired from concert life in 2008. 


Monika Rittershaus


2007: The Berliner Philharmoniker become UNICEF goodwill ambassadors. Sir Simon Rattle takes the blue cello case – symbolising their new role.


Allessandro Cappone


2008: European concert in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. The soloist is Vadim Repin. 



2009: Orchestra rehearsal with the Berliner Philharmoniker 


Andreas Knapp


2010: The performance of Bach’s “St Matthew Passion” in the staged ritualization of Peter Sellars was felt by Simon Rattle to be one of the highlights of his tenure.


Monika Rittershaus


2011: Sir Simon in action at a Philharmoniker concert


Monika Rittershaus


2012: Simon Rattle is acclaimed by the participants of the dance project “Carmen” after a successful performance.


Andrea Kremper


2013: The first Easter Festival in Baden-Baden starts with Mozart’s “Magic Flute”.


Monika Rittershaus


2014: Concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter at Carnegie Hall in New York


Monika Rittershaus


2015: Semi-staged performance of Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande”. The role of Mélisande is sung by Rattle’s wife, Magdalena Kožená. The picture shows Franz-Josef Selig as Arkel (l.) And Gerald Finley as Golaud. 


Monika Rittershaus


2016: At the special concert for refugees and aid workers, three Berlin orchestras and their chief conductors Daniel Barenboim, Iván Fischer and Sir Simon Rattle welcomed people who fled their homelands. 


Monika Rittershaus


Easter Festival 2017: Final applause after the premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” with soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role.


Monika Rittershaus


2018: Simon Rattle conducts the BE PHIL Orchestra which featured around 100 amateur musicians from all over the world at the Open Day in the Philharmonie.