Englishman known for being the conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the 1980's and 1990's and the Berlin Philharmonic starting in 2002.
He was originally a percussionist who entered the Royal Academy of Music, University of London, in 1971.
He was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2012.
His father, Denis Guttridge Rattle, was a Commander in the Royal Navy.
When the quality of his concerts came into question, famed pianist Alfred Brendel came to his defense.