Sir Simon Rattle appointed as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra
Askonas Holt is delighted to announce today that Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed as the new Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, taking up the position in September 2017.
The London Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading orchestras and has long-standing relationships with some of the leading musicians throughout the world. The LSO is set apart from other international orchestras by the depth of its commitment to music education, reaching over 60,000 people a year – something that is particularly important for Sir Simon.
Sir Simon Rattle has said of the appointment, “During my work with the LSO over the last years, I noticed that despite the Orchestra’s long and illustrious history, they almost never refer to it. Instead, refreshingly, they talk about the future, what can they make anew, what can they improve, how can they reach further into the community. In terms of musical excellence, it is clear that the sky's the limit, but equally important, in terms of philosophy, they constantly strive to be a twenty-first century orchestra. We share a dream in which performing, teaching and learning are indivisible, with wider dissemination of our art at its centre. I cannot imagine a better or more inspiring way to spend my next years, and feel immensely fortunate to have the LSO as my musical family and co-conspirators.”
Sir Simon is currently Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, a role he will hold until June 2018.
We congratulate both Sir Simon and the LSO on this exciting announcement.