West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 2

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Michael Barenboim | Kian Soltani

Brahms | Franck

Tue, 17.08. | 19.30 | No. 211307

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 2

    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim | Michael Barenboim | Kian Soltani

    Daniel Barenboim  conductor
    Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
    Concerto for violin, violoncello and orchestra in A minor, Op. 102
    César Franck (1822–1890)
    Symphony in D minor 

    Where others give up, Daniel Barenboim really gets going. He has turned many visionary projects into reality. For example, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded in 1999, in which young musicians from Israel and the Arab world make music together and show how to overcome national, religious, and cultural divides. Their guiding principle is: peace does not have to be only utopian. Barenboim’s “Divan” has long since outgrown its infancy as a youth orchestra and is one of the top ensembles worldwide. And some of its members have gone on to have international solo careers themselves. Like violinist Michael Barenboim, son of the maestro, or cellist Kian Soltani, who won the 2018 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. They now reunite for Brahms’s Double Concerto: a family reunion in Lucerne. This is followed by the ingenious D minor Symphony by César Franck, the “Belgian Brahms,” as he is sometimes called, for his similar blend of subtle compositional construction with emotional richness.

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    West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

    The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which combines equal numbers of young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries, as well as some members from Turkey and Iran, was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The vision of a peace-ful coexistence of cultures in the Middle East served as the guiding principle: not by coincidence did Goethe’s famous poetry collection titled West-Eastern Divan inspire the orchestra’s name. Every summer, the musicians gather for working sessions to prepare and rehearse the programs that they subsequently present on international concert tours. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has performed at such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Musikverein, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, as well as in Rabat, Ramallah, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi. The ensemble regularly performs at the BBC Proms, the Waldbühne in Berlin, and the Salzburg Festival. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra celebrated its 20th birthday in October 2019 with two concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie; in December 2020, it performed the official celebratory concert for Beethoven’s 250th birthday in Bonn. Numerous CDs and DVDs, as well as Paul Smaczny’s film Knowledge Is the Beginning, document the work of the orchestra, which was named a UN Ambassador for Cultural Understanding in 2016. Through the Barenboim-Said Academy, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is associated with a state-recognized university for music and the humanities.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 21 August 2007, when Daniel Barenboim conducted works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, and Tchaikovsky.

    Further Information: www.west-eastern-divan.org

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    Daniel Barenboim

    The conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, both of whose parents were piano teachers, was born in Buenos Aires in 1942 and began performing in public at the age of seven. In 1952, the family moved from Argentina to Israel; Barenboim won a scholarship to study with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in 1953 through the American-Israel Cultural Foundation Competition. He also took conducting courses with Igor Marke-vitch and in 1954 was introduced to Wilhelm Furtwängler, who pronounced him a “phenomenon.” Barenboim spent the first phase of his career as an internationally successful concert pianist. Since his debut as a Music Director with the Philharmonia Orchestra (1967), he has likewise been in demand in this capacity with the finest orchestras. Barenboim’s first permanent post was as Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris, from 1975 to 1989; from 1991 to 2006, he helmed the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. He made his opera debut in 1973 with Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Edinburgh Festival; in 1981, he conducted for the first time in Bayreuth, where he returned every summer until 1999. Since 1992, Barenboim has been General Music Director of the Berlin Staatsoper and in 2000 the Staatskapelle Berlin elected him Chief Conductor for Life. He was closely associated with La Scala in Milan from 2007 to 2014, most recently as Music Director. In 1999, Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young musicians from Israel, the Arab countries, and Spain. In 2017, he opened the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, where he performs works from the classical period to the present with his newly founded Boulez Ensemble. For his artistic and cultural-political work, Barenboim has been awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize, the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal, the Siemens Music Prize, the Goethe Medal, and the Japanese Praemium Imperiale, among others. The former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named him UN Messenger of Peace in 2007.

    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

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    Michael Barenboim

    Born in Paris in 1985 to Elena Bashkirova and Daniel Barenboim, the violinist Michael Barenboim began playing the piano at the age of four. After the family moved to Berlin in 1992, he switched to the violin. His teachers for this instrument were Abraham Jaffe and Axel Wilczok, who was also his instructor at the Rostock Academy of Music. Michael Barenboim additionally studied philosophy for several semesters at the Sorbonne in Paris. He began his career as the concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Long a regular guest artist with major orchestras, he is also a sought-after soloist. Michael Barenboim has performed Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has moreover appeared with the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Israel Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. He made his debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018, and, in 2020, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. For many years, Michael Barenboim worked with Pierre Boulez, performing several of the French composer’s works in Berlin, London, and Paris and at the Salzburg Festival to mark Boulez’s 90th birthday. His first recording, which was released in 2017, includes Boulez’s Anthèmes I and II alongside solo sonatas by Bach and Bartók. An important component of Barenboim’s artistic work is chamber music; his most recent release contains accounts of the Mozart piano trios with Daniel Barenboim at the piano and Kian Soltani on cello. Michael Barenboim is a member of the Boulez Ensemble and has premiered numerous new scores with this group, including compositions by Jörg Widmann and Kareem Roustom. He is a professor at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, which appointed him as its dean in 2020.

    Lucerne Festival debut on 1 September 2011 in a program of works for solo violin by Bach and Boulez.

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    Kian Soltani

    Born in 1992 in Bregenz, Austria, to a family of Persian musicians, Kian Soltani began his cello studies at the age of twelve with Ivan Monighetti at the Basel Music Academy. He completed his training with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. He acquired additional significant inspirations  as a recipient of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation scholarship. After enjoying his first successes at the Karl Davidoff and Antonio Janigro Competitions in Latvia and Croatia, respectively, Soltani won the International Paulo Cello Competition in Helsinki in 2013; he was awarded the Luitpold Prize at the Kissinger Sommer in 2014, and, in 2017, the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. He received the highly endowed Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2018, which also earned him an appearance with the Vienna Philharmonic at Lucerne Festival, where he played Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. At the age of 19, Kian Soltani made his debuts at the Vienna Musikverein and at the Schubertiade in Hohenems. Since then, he has performed with the London, Helsinki, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonics; the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich; the Boston and Chicago Symphony Orchestras; the Staatskapelle Berlin; the Orchestre de Paris; the SWR Symphony Orchestra; and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra. In the 2020-21 season, he made his debuts with the Munich Philharmonic and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Kian Soltani regularly collaborates with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim, with whom he has appeared as a soloist at the Salzburg Festival, the BBC Proms in London, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. In 2018, he released his first solo CD, titled Home, which features works by Schubert and Schumann as well as Persian folk music; his interpretation of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Staatskapelle Berlin under Barenboim appeared in 2020. Kian Soltani performs on an instrument by Antonio Stradivari built in 1694.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 August 2015 performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Guy Braunstein, Daniel Barenboim, and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

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