Sir Simon Rattle Appointed New Chief Conductor of Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Kevin Yatarola)

Celebrated conductor Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed the new Chief Conductor of the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Rattle will begin his five-year tenure in 2023. The famed conductor served as the Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker until 2018, and currently holds the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

“Bayerischer Rundfunk is very happy that Sir Simon will come to Munich as the new Chief Conductor. With his passion, his artistic versatility and his engaging charisma, he will be a very worthy successor to late Mariss Jansons. Our choir and symphony orchestra are very much looking forward to working with Sir Simon to develop the artistic concept for the new concert hall in Munich’s Werksviertel Mitte,” said Ulrich Wilhelm, Intendant of des Bayerischen Rundfunks, in the official statement.

“I’m thrilled to take on the position of the Chief Conductor of the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. It is an honor to succeed Mariss Jansons, and I look forward to leading these wonderful musicians for many years to come,” added Sir Simon Rattle.

Sir Simon Rattle recently conducted Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Metropolitan Opera, Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Rameau’s “Hippolyte et Aricie” at the Staatsoper unter der Linden.

The conductor is scheduled to again take over the pit of the Staatsoper unter der Linden for a production of Janáček’s “Jenůfa” in February 2021, before conducting Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July 2021.