The strong personality of the great conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim goes way beyond the traditional framework of classical music. Taking advantage of his position on stage he acts for peace with the only weapon he knows, music at any price. As citizen of the world, he created the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra where all cultures can meet in a universal language. And when he played Wagner's music in Israel, the symbol was lived in the world as the re-approval of universal cultural property. Classical music must go beyond men and their dark stories.
The talent of the maestro has made music lovers of different kinds agree with his approach. Since his wonderful debut (he gave his first concert at 7 years), the career of Daniel Barenboim remains exemplary and worthy of admiration. Changing naturally from the piano to the directing stick, he addresses a varied repertoire with both opera and concerts. Having benefitted the teachings of a long and fine tradition of great artists, he has the gift of impregnating his performance with a very personal touch that brings out the best of the great classical and contemporary composers. Needless to say, one must hear Daniel Barenboim play in concert or opera (or even recitals) to appreciate the incredible personality that is constantly reinventing itself. A maestro…
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On 17/1 Daniel Barenboim celebrates his 60th birthday performance anniversary at London’s Royal Festival Hall with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
At la Scala, Daniel Barenboim is back to his piano to perform Schubert's sonatas (on 12, 15 & 22/12)
On 2-3/7, Paris’ salle Pleyel closes its season with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim and Radu Lupu in Strauss, Beethoven and Elgar.