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

(Photo: 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.


(Photo: Peter Adamik)


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


(Photo: Matthias Heyde)


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


(Photo: Andreas Knapp)


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


(Photo: Peter Adamik)


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


(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)


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


(Photo: Allessandro Cappone)


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



2009: Orchestra rehearsal with the Berliner Philharmoniker 


(Photo: 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.


(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)


2011: Sir Simon in action at a Philharmoniker concert


(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)


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


(Photo: Andrea Kremper)


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


(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)


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


(Photo: 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. 


(Photo: 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. 


(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)


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


(Photo: 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.