A visit from a neighbour! Daniel Barenboim, General Music Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, will return to the Berliner Philharmoniker, whom he has conducted on a regular basis for more than 50 years.
Symphony No. 6 in B minor Pathétique
He is one of the most important creative individuals of our time, has succeeded as pianist and conductor, and is active as a promoter of young musicians all over the world: Daniel Barenboim. He gave his debut as soloist at the age of ten, before being accepted into Igor Markevitch’s conducting class as its youngest member. He has been awarded numerous prizes for his musical and social commitment; in 1999 together with the Palestinian literary theorist Edward Said he initiated the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young musicians from Israel, Palestine and the Arab countries every summer.
He never quite lost the aura of the prodigy – not even when he began devoting himself increasingly to conducting in the 1960s. How else can one explain that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where Barenboim was music director from 1991 to June 2006, named him “honorary conductor for life”? And that the Berliner Staatskapelle voted their General Music Director “conductor for life” in the fall of 2000? Daniel Barenboim’s artistic partnership with the Berliner Philharmoniker has by now lasted half a century: since his debut as soloist in June 1964 (with Béla Bartók’s First Piano Concerto) and his debut as conductor in June 1969 with works by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann, he has been a regular guest of the orchestra.