This summer, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra returned to Buenos Aires for its annual workshops and residency and performed around the world in Argentina, Chile, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and co-founder Daniel Barenboim return to Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón this July and August for their annual summer residency.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and co-founder Daniel Barenboim release Hommage à Boulez, a tribute to longtime collaborator Pierre Boulez. The album features a selection of the composer/conductor’s most iconic works.
On 28 April, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra appears in Stockholm as they continue their tour of Europe.
On April 29, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra appears in Hamburg, Germany to take part in the opening season of the new Elbphilharmonie.
On December 10, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is led by co-founder Daniel Barenboim in a concert marking Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva.
In April 2017, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and co-founder Daniel Barenboim perform at the Pierre Boulez Saal as part of the new Berlin concert hall’s inaugural season.
“We want to bring you close to extraordinary music of many different kinds, performed by some of today’s finest musicians,” say Divan co-founder Daniel Barenboim and Boulez Saal Founder and Director Ole Bækhøj. “And we want to do this in an intimate setting that will allow you to listen closely–a place where contemporary music thrives and naturally co-exists with the Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoire, where world premieres will share the stage with Arab music, jazz, lectures and more.”
This August, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra embarks on a four-city, six-concert tour across Europe following their annual residency at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Divan co-founder Daniel Barenboim leads the orchestra and pianist Martha Argerich is the featured guest soloist.
The Pierre Boulez Saal, a chamber music hall designed by architect Frank Gehry, will open in March 2017 in Berlin as the public face of the Barenboim-Said Akademie. The hall will enrich the cultural life of Berlin, presenting “music for the thinking ear.”
Continuing what has now become an annual tradition, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra returns this summer to Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón to kick off its 2016 workshops and tour with co-founder Daniel Barenboim.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra returns to the BBC Proms with co-founder Daniel Barenboim and legendary pianist Martha Argerich.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is in a new DVD release featuring co-founder Daniel Barenboim and legendary pianist Martha Argerich on Piano Duos and Concert from the Teatro Colón, a DVD capturing two live performances from Buenos Aires.
The Guardian highlights Divan co-founder Edward Said’s landmark publication Orientalism, noting how the “polemical masterpiece challenging western attitudes to the east is as topical today as it was on publication.”
Secretary-General designates West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding. The designation took place at an event at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), attended by the Secretary-General and Daniel Barenboim, the Orchestra’s co-founder and a UN Messenger of Peace.
“It is not easy to come face to face with human beings you normally grow up viewing or thinking of as your enemy,” [Palestine born violinist Tyme] Khleifi said. “Just confronting that and reckoning with it and coming to terms with it is a huge thing, and so that is why actually every member of the orchestra, the people who decide to come back, are very courageous for doing so and for making that decision.”
Another member of the orchestra, Israeli violinist Guy Braunstein, said it is naive to think music can bring peace, but he said it can break down barriers among communities.
“The acceptance of what we do with the instruments is important,” he said. “It should be escorted by the acceptance that we are equal, with and without the instruments.”
Now streaming: Co-founder Daniel Barenboim and pianist Martha Argerich perform Mozart’s Sonata in D Major and Schubert’s Variations in A-flat Major.
The Barenboim-Said Foundation seeks an accomplished teacher to teach Music Theory to children and youth in the Palestinian Territories. The applicant shall give individual and group music theory lessons starting at beginner level to children and youth. The applicant shall cooperate with the instrumental teachers and be ready to provide a curriculum for music theory. The applicant shall prepare yearly exams and participate in student evaluation and meetings. The applicant shall support the students and the school in development towards excellence in music. The applicant shall be motivated and flexible.
On November 2, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra co-founder Daniel Barenboim was honored by the German Magazine Publishers association with the “Golden Victoria 2015” for his life’s work. With this prize, the association values Barenboim’s musical work as well as his unique commitment to international understanding, in particular his work towards the reconciliation and mutual understanding between Israelis and Arabs through the language of music.