Daniel Barenboim


In the summer of 2016, the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim celebrates his 50th anniversary at Lucerne. The son of parents who were piano teachers, he was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. In 1952 the family moved to Israel, where Barenboim won the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition in 1953, resulting in a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He attended courses in conducting with Igor Markevitch and, in 1954, was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who described him as a “phenomenon.” During the first phase of his career Barenboim toured as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since making his conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in 1967, he has been in demand by all the leading orchestras. Barenboim took up his first permanent position leading the Orchestre de Paris from 1975 to 1989, and between 1991 and 2006 he was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. He made his operatic debut in 1973 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981 he conducted at Bayreuth for the first time, returning there every summer until 1999. Since 1992 Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper, and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin appointed him Chief Conductor for Life. In 2007 he began a close partnership with La Scala in Milan, which he led as Music Director until the end of 2014. In 1999 he also founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young musicians from Israel, Arabic countries, and Spain. Among the honors Barenboim has received for his artistic and cultural-political work are the Prince of Asturias Concord Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, Japan’s Praemium Imperiale Award, and the Westphalian Peace Prize.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 25 August 1966, performing piano concertos by Mozart and Beethoven with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Further Information: www.danielbarenboim.com

August 2016