Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich

Daniel Barenboim (photo: Peter Adamik)

When Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich perform together, you can be sure of a legendary evening; the two international stars have known and admired each other since their shared childhood in Argentina. In this encounter, Martha Argerich is the soloist in Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, in which the young composer is less combative than in later works, and has written positively exuberant music. Daniel Barenboim – honorary conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker – also directs Johannes Brahms’ poetic Third Symphony, which shifts between major and minor.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Barenboim conductor

Martha Argerich piano

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19

Martha Argerich piano

Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 3 in F major, op. 90

Dates and Tickets

Biographies

Daniel Barenboim

When eleven-year-old Daniel Barenboim witnessed Edwin Fischer conducting from the piano, he knew: "That's exactly what I want to do!" And so it was that the young pianist, who had already appeared in public at the age of seven in his native Buenos Aires, also embarked on a career as a conductor - as the youngest member of Igor Markevitch's conducting class. Daniel Barenboim made his conducting debut in 1967 and in the following years took on leading positions with the Orchestre de Paris, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and La Scala in Milan, before becoming General Music Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in 1992, a position he held until the beginning of this year. Together with the Palestinian-American literary scholar Edward Said, he founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which stands for tolerance and international understanding like no other ensemble. In 2015, he also founded the Berlin Barenboim-Said Academy, which promotes young musicians from the Middle East. Since his debut as a soloist in 1964 and as a conductor in 1969 with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Barenboim has enjoyed a decades-long artistic partnership with the orchestra, who made him an honorary member in 1992 and an honorary conductor in 2019,. "The Berliner Philharmoniker," he says, "was already a model for me as a child of what an orchestra could and should sound like."

Martha Argerich

Martha Argerich is the grande dame of the piano. Her interpretations are crystal clear, full of energy and at the same time deeply emotional, informed by a profound understanding of the inner structures of a work. She is regarded as an outstanding interpreter of 19th and 20th century piano literature; her extensive repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Bartók, Messiaen and many others. She was born in Buenos Aires - a year and a half before Daniel Barenboim, with whom she was already friends as a child. Martha Argerich performed Beethoven's First Piano Concerto at the age of seven. In 1955, she moved to Europe with her family, where she continued her studies in London, Vienna and Switzerland with Friedrich Gulda, Nikita Magaloff, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Stefan Askenase, among others. Winning the Warsaw Chopin Competition in 1965 brought her immediate international fame. In addition to her recitals and concerts with the world's leading orchestras, she is a celebrated chamber musician and regularly performs with Mischa Maisky, Gidon Kremer and Daniel Barenboim. Argerich, who has won countless prizes, promotes young talent and founded the "Martha Argerich" piano competition and festival in Buenos Aires. She has made numerous guest appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker since 1968, including, for the first time, under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, in January of this year.

Martha Argerich (photo: Adriano Heitman)

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Perspectives

Ludwig van Beethoven the pianist