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Berlin Philharmonic votes on top job

Sir Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic Image copyright WOLFGANG KUMM
Image caption The Berlin Philharmonic has had three chief conductors over six decades

The Berlin Philharmonic orchestra is electing a chief conductor and artistic director to succeed Sir Simon Rattle.

Meeting in secret and banned from using mobile phones or electronic recording devices, the 124 members will propose candidates, vote to create a shortlist and pick a winner.

A member of the voting committee will call the winner. If they do not want the job, the orchestra will reconvene.

Sir Simon said two years ago he would leave when his contract ended in 2018.

He will join the London Symphony Orchestra as its music director.

The Berlin Philharmonic, founded in 1882, has had three chief conductors over the past six decades:

  • Herbert von Karajan 1954-89
  • Claudio Abbado 1989-2002
  • Sir Simon Rattle 2002-15
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Image caption Sir Simon Rattle will join the London Symphony Orchestra as its music director

Among the possible successors are:

  • Latvian Andris Nelsons, 37, who heads the Birmingham and Boston symphony orchestras
  • Venezuelan Gustavo "the Dude" Dudamel, 34, who conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Berlin native Christian Thielemann, 56, at the Staatskapelle Dresden

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