Simon Rattle, one of the world’s leading conductors, was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.
Serving for some years as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, in 1980 he became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, stepping up to Music Director from September 1990 until August 1998. He is also the Founding Patron of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and since the early 1990s, has been a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As a guest conductor, he appears regularly in the United States, London and Europe, with close links to a number of orchestras, most notably the Vienna Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras.
In September 2002 he became the Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker where he leads regular tours in Europe, North America and the Far East. He has recently conducted Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Lucerne, Salzburg London's BBC Proms and will be taking the production to New York this Autumn. His most recent opera engagements include the Staatsoper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.