Considered one of the greatest living authorities in classical music, the Argentinian-born artist started his career at the age of ten when he gave his first international performances as a pianist. He then went on to become one of the world’s leading conductors. He achieved additional renown as the co-founder of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Trust, which promotes collaboration between young musicians from Israel and Arab countries. He gave his first performance with the orchestra, on two nights, at the jubilee 70th Ljubljana Festival, and received a standing ovation. Since 1992, he has been the general music director of the Berlin State Opera, and he established the Barenboim-Said Academy, which trains gifted musicians from the Near East and North Africa, in particular for professional careers in music.
The great maestro has announced on social media that he is withdrawing from the conductor’s podium for health reasons, so we are taking this opportunity to thank him for all the wonderful musical experiences and lessons he has provided over his long and illustrious career, and also and especially to wish him a successful and quick recovery.
In the past week, he performed three evening concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic together with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the most respected pianist of the century, with whom he has a long-standing friendship, Martha Argerich. . A legendary artist in her own right, she last visited us at the 69th Ljubljana Festival, where she gave a brilliant performance of Sergey Prokofiev’s Concert No.3 for Piano and Orchestra with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and maestro Charles Dutoit.
The concert will be available here: https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/concert/54498