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The violinist Michael Barenboim, who was born in Paris in 1985, is the son of Elena Bashkirova and Daniel Barenboim and began playing piano at the age of four. After the family moved to Berlin in 1992, he switched to violin and studied with Abraham Jaffe and Axel Wilczok, who also taught him at the Rostock Academy of Music; he also took several master classes with Guy Braunstein. Barenboim additionally studied philosophy for a number of semesters at the Sorbonne in Paris. Since 2003 Barenboim has been concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, with whom he has appeared at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Musikverein in Vienna. A major area of interest is chamber music collaborations, whether as founder and first violin of the Erlenbusch Quartet or in partnership with Frans Helmerson, Nobuko Imai, Karl-Heinz Steffens, and Nikolaj Znaider. He has performed with these musicians and others in such venues as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Bonn Beethoven Festival, the Ruhr Piano Festival Ruhr, and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival. As a performer of contemporary music, Barenboim focuses on the work of Elliott Carter, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Pierre Boulez, whose Anthèmes 2 which he performed at a special festival concert in Berlin honoring the composer’s 85th birthday. He has also worked with the conductor Boulez, as in a performance of Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto in Cologne. It was with this work that Barenboim made his Vienna Philharmonic debut in May 2012. In the 2012-13 season he played Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the mit Munich Philharmonic under Lorin Maazel and made his debuts with the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg.
One previous LUCERNE FESTIVAL appearance: on 1 September 2011 as part of the Debut concert series, in solo works by Bach and Boulez.