Simon Rattle

(b. 1955) English conductor

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(b Liverpool, 1955).

Eng. conductor. Played perc. in Merseyside Youth Orch. at age of 8 and later in RLPO. Founded and cond. Liverpool Sinfonia 1970–2. First prize John Player int. cond. award 1974, leading to 2‐year contract with Bournemouth SO and Sinfonietta. RFH début 1975. Professional opera début 1975, GTO (The Rake's Progress). Glyndebourne début 1977. Worked with London Sinfonietta and EMT, 1976. Amer. début 1979, Los Angeles PO. Prin. guest cond. Los Angeles PO from 1981. Prin. cond. CBSO 1980–98. Cond. Berlin PO from 2002. Art. dir. Salzburg Easter Fest. from 2003. Cond. f. Eng. public p. of Janáček's Osud, London 1983 (concert). Débuts: ENO 1985; Amer. opera (Los Angeles) 1988; CG 1990; Salzburg Fest. 1993. CBE 1987. Knighted 1994.

Subjects: Music.

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