Simon Rattle will depart the London Symphony Orchestra to turn out to be chief conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich from 2023, in what has been described as a blow to Britain’s classical music world.
Rattle, one of many world’s most famed conductors and a vocal opponent of Brexit, has signed a five-year contract with the German orchestra.
“The Bavarian Radio Orchestra could be very happy that Sir Simon will come to Munich as our new chief conductor,” stated Ulrich Wilhelm, normal director of the general public broadcaster, Bavarian Radio.
“Together with his ardour, his creative versatility and his partaking charisma, he will probably be a most worthy successor to Mariss Jansons,” he added.
Jansons died of a cardiac arrest aged 76 in December 2019.
Rattle, who turns 66 subsequent week, is a distinguished determine in Germany, the place he led the Berlin Philharmonic from September 2002 to June 2018.
He nonetheless lives in Berlin along with his third spouse Magdalena Kozena and their three kids.
“My causes for accepting the function of Principal Conductor in Munich are fully private, enabling me to raised handle the steadiness of my work and be shut sufficient to residence to be current for my kids,” he stated in an announcement.
– ‘Cultural jail’ –
Rattle has referred to as Brexit a “horrible mistake” and made no secret of the truth that he wouldn’t have returned to guide the LSO had he identified Brexit may flip his homeland right into a “self-built cultural jail”.
He formally took the baton of the LSO in 2017, a yr after the Brexit referendum.
Nevertheless, British media reported that his cause for quitting London was dissatisfaction with the house of the LSO, the Barbican Corridor, which he views as insufficient for music on the highest stage.
Music critic Jessica Duchen famous that the probabilities of London getting a brand new live performance corridor now “are slender, given the UK’s gloomy financial prospects past Covid-19 and Brexit”.
Rattle’s “transfer doesn’t really feel like a vote of confidence within the UK,” she added.
Rattle made his identify at 25 when he powered the Metropolis of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra into the worldwide large league.
He first carried out with the LSO when he was 22 and performed the orchestra on the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, accompanied by comic Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean on keyboards.
Of his 16 years with the Berlin Philharmonic, he has described his relationship with the orchestra as generally turbulent, however by no means destructively so.
Throughout his time in Germany, he reorganised the orchestra right into a basis, giving members extra management over its actions and reducing the say of politicians, whereas championing up to date music.