Simon Rattle leaves the London Symphony for Munich

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle gestures prior to a dress rehearsal for Richard Wagner's opera "Goetterdaemmerung" which is part of the Salzburg Easter Festival, Monday, March 22, 2010 in Salzburg, Austria. The premiere of the production is scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Simon Rattle will leave his job as music director for the London Symphony Orchestra to lead the Munich-based Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, both organizations said Monday.

Rattle, one of the most acclaimed conductors in the world, will be the chief conductor of the German orchestra from 2023. He will maintain his relationship with the British orchestra as conductor emeritus, the London Symphony Orchestra said.

The German company said Rattle, 65, signed an initial five-year contract to conduct the Bavarian Radio Choir and orchestra.

Rattle said he was "very happy" to accept the position and honored to succeed director Mariss Jansons, who died in 2019.

The England-born conductor took office in London in 2017 after 15 years at the helm of the Berlin Philharmonic. When the designation was announced in 2015, he said that would be his last major job in music.

Many in the British arts community lamented the news worried that the country would lose cultural influence due to its departure from the European Union.

Rattle said his reasons for taking the job in Munich were "completely personal."

"It allows me to better balance my work and be close enough to home to be present for my children in a meaningful way," she said.

Although Rattle's departure is not directly linked to Brexit, the lack of a top-notch concert hall in London could be a factor. Rattle took the job in the British capital with the expectation that a new theater would be built for the orchestra, which is currently based at the Barbican Center, a multi-purpose hall for the arts.

Plans for a new concert hall in London have come to a standstill. In a statement, London Symphony Orchestra President David Alberman and Executive Director Kathryn McDowell said that Rattle "will carry out a number of important projects with us in the coming years working from our headquarters in the Barbican."

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