Sir Simon has made over 70 recordings for EMI label (now Warner Classics) and has received numerous prestigious international awards for his recordings on various labels. The first recording released by Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings was Sir Simon and a complete recording of Schumann Symphonies. He then went on to release several other recordings under the orchestra's house label. Simon’s most recent recordings have been released by the London Symphony Orchestra’s record label, LSO Live.
Working with the world's greatest orchestras and opera houses, his recent appearances include the LSO, Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Berlin and Wiener Philharmoniker. In the opera world, he has recently conducted at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, and the Deutsch Oper Berlin.
Sir Simon Rattle was knighted in 1994 and in the New Year’s Honours of 2014 he received the Order of Merit from Her Majesty the Queen.