Violin Sonata in G minor
Violin Sonata in A minor
Violin Sonata in E flat major
For the second evening of our Concertmaster series, Guy Braunstein has asked Daniel Barenboim to exchange the conductor’s stand for the piano and be his accompanist for this concert. They are old friends and both often employ music as a means towards developing cultural understanding, without being deterred by bureaucratic obstacles or personal animosity: “Music,” says Barenboim, “is an art form that crosses all borders”. This is why he formed the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999, where young Israeli and Arab musicians play side by side.
Guy Braunstein also plays in Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as often as his schedule allows. “The whole project is something very close to my heart. Daniel Barenboim and I and many friends want to use it to promote peaceful co-existence among the peoples of the Middle East.” Daniel Barenboim laid the foundations of his global success as a child prodigy pianist who made his first appearance in Buenos Aires at the age of seven, followed three years later by his first concerts in Salzburg and Vienna. And although he has been appearing more frequently as a conductor for several decades, he has maintained his career as a pianist at all times.
Guy Braunstein also began his solo and chamber music career at a young age. In September 2000, at the age of 29, he was appointed 1st concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, with whom he had already appeared as one of the soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in 1992. In this concert in the Chamber Music Hall, the two musicians perform all too rarely heard works by Claude Debussy, George Enescu, and Richard Strauss.