Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool. He had his musical studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Simon Rattle held conducting positions of Principal Guest Conductor of the Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras. In 1980 Simon Rattle became Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and later was appointed the orchestra's Music Director, the position he held until 1998. Simon Rattle was also Artistic Adviser of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. As guest conductor, Simon Rattle performed in the United States, London and Europe. Since 1990 Simon Rattle has been a Principal Artist of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. This was also the period Maestro Rattle created a close relationship with Vienna Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.