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! 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.
2003: “Le sacre du printemps”, the education programme’s first dance project was a sensational success.
2004 – Two good friends: Simon Rattle and Simon Halsey, chief conductor of the Rundfunkchor until 2015, have realised numerous joint artistic projects.
Asia tour 2005: Press conference with Sir Simon Rattle and the former orchestra board members Peter Riegelbauer and Jan Diesselhorst
2006: Simon Rattle often worked together with pianist Alfred Brendel, who retired from concert life in 2008.
2007: The Berliner Philharmoniker become UNICEF goodwill ambassadors. Sir Simon Rattle takes the blue cello case – symbolising their new role.
2008: European concert in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. The soloist is Vadim Repin.
2009: Orchestra rehearsal with the Berliner Philharmoniker
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.
2011: Sir Simon in action at a Philharmoniker concert
2012: Simon Rattle is acclaimed by the participants of the dance project “Carmen” after a successful performance.
2013: The first Easter Festival in Baden-Baden starts with Mozart’s “Magic Flute”.
2014: Concert with Anne-Sophie Mutter at Carnegie Hall in New York
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.
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.
Easter Festival 2017: Final applause after the premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” with soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role.
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.