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World Sir Simon Rattle will leave the LSO for Munich

13:15  11 january  2021
13:15  11 january  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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Sir Simon Rattle , one of the world's most renowned conductors, is leaving the London Symphony Orchestra to take up a new post in Germany. Sir Simon , who turns 66 next week, will become Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra , in Munich , in 2023.

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Sir Simon Rattle, one of the world's most renowned conductors, is leaving the London Symphony Orchestra to take up a new post in Germany.

Simon Rattle holding a phone © Getty Images

Sir Simon, who turns 66 next week, will become Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, in Munich, in 2023.

He will succeed Mariss Jansons, who died in December 2019.

Sir Simon had been expected to remain with the London Symphony, and his departure is considered a blow.

However, he agreed to extend his contract with the orchestra for an extra year, and will take up a lifetime role as Conductor Emeritus from 2023 onwards, the first such appointment to this role since André Previn.

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Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is to join the London Symphony Orchestra ( LSO ) as its music director. Sir Simon announced in January 2013 he would leave the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra after his contract expires in 2018. At the time he admitted it had not been an "easy decision".

Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. For some years 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

Sir Simon has strong links to Germany; and was previously chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 16 years.

He lives in Berlin with his third wife, the Czech-born singer Magdalena Kozena, and their three children.

In a statement, the musician said: "I am delighted that I will continue in my role as music director of the Orchestra for another three years, extending my contract until 2023, and that I will be able to remain closely associated with the orchestra into the future.

"My reasons for accepting the role of Chief Conductor in Munich are entirely personal, enabling me to better manage the balance of my work and be close enough to home to be present for my children in a meaningful way.

"I love the London Symphony Orchestra. I remain committed to the LSO, and we have plans for major projects in the coming years. I am thrilled that we will be making music together far into the future."

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