Personalities | Daniel Barenboim | Contemporary | Classical
Israeli conductor and pianist
Barenboim studied in Salzburg and Rome, and under Nadia Boulanger in Paris. He made his UK debut as a pianist in 1956, but turned to conducting in the 1960s with the English Chamber Orchestra. He was music director of the Orchestre de Paris 1975–89 and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 1991–2006, in both these posts showing a commitment to contemporary music. He became General Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin, in 1992 and of La Scala, Milan, in 2006. In 1999 he co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, made up of young musicians from the Middle East and designed to foster Arab-Israeli cultural understanding.
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