He turns 60 next month and he’ll bring the Berlin Phil for a week of concerts in February 2015. Dates and costs will be split between the South Bank and the Barbican, in part because neither of the rival centres can single-handedly afford Berlin’s impressive fees.
Sir Simon is due to leave Berlin in summer 2018. Reports have linked him to the upcoming vacancy at the London Symphony when Valery Gergiev departs for Munich in 2015. Recent inside whispers indicate that Rattle might consider shortening his Berlin commitment.
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