Rattle to become chief conductor in Munich

The longstanding principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic will be taking over the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

London Symphony Orchestra - Trafalgar Square.

Munich (dpa) – He is one of the leading figures in the world of classical music: Sir Simon Rattle is to become the chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO). Currently the 65-year-old is still the music director of the London Symphony Orchestra. He will take up his post in Munich as conductor of the renowned orchestra and choir in the 2023/2024 season, Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) announced in Munich on Monday. The contract will initially run for five years.

"With his passion, his artistic versatility and his engaging charisma, he will be an extremely worthy successor to Mariss Janons," said BR Director Ulrich Wilhelm, adding that he is synonymous like no-one else with new ways to get people enthusiastic about music. This is an important signal, especially at a time when the arts are struggling with restrictions due to the pandemic, Wilhelm said.

The Briton has a great deal of experience with top German orchestras, not only because he has often stood at the conductor's podium with the BRSO. From 2002 to 2018, he was principal conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2017, he then took up the post in London.