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Michael Barenboim

“Barenboim makes it all sound easy, though, with performances spilling over with life and drama. Every work’s soul has been ignited and revealed, every second telling a story, all unmarred by a single glitch in intonation or articulation […] this is indisputably exciting playing across an indisputably effective program.” – Gramophone

Michael Barenboim lets music, in its diverse and enduring ways, speak for itself through his violin. His performances are praised by the critics as “stunning”, “exciting, “utterly persuasive and breathtaking.” Committed to the core classical and romantic repertoire, he is deeply invested and specially recognized for his performances of the 20th century and contemporary repertoire. Barenboim celebrates a long history of collaboration with the late Pierre Boulez, whose pieces he regularly performs in recital and with the Boulez Ensemble. He has recorded both Boulez’s Anthèmes 1 & 2 on Accentus Music. His second solo recording, presenting works by Sciarrino, Tartini, Berio and Paganini, was released in January 2018 and hailed by the critics as “visionary programming” (BBC Music Magazine), “breathtakingly compelling, and one that’s full of brilliant revelations” (The Strad).

Recent highlights include a critically acclaimed debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, performing Schönberg’s Violin Concerto under the baton of V. Petrenko. This followed other successful debuts playing this particular concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under D. Barenboim, Chicago Symphony under A. Fisch, and Israel Philharmonic under Z. Mehta. He also returned to the Israel Philharmonic in a tour featuring Bruch and Tchaikovsky violin concerti, conducted by G. Noseda.  His recital program of works for solo unaccompanied violin by Sciarrino, Tartini, Berio and Paganini was featured on subscription series at the Paris Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie, Teatro San Carlo, Cal Performances at Berkeley, Gulbenkian Foundation and Boulez Saal in Berlin.

More recently in his 18/19 season, Michael Barenboim appeared at the Waldbühne performing Beethoven Violin Concerto alongside the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under D. Barenboim, debuted with Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of G. Dudamel, with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in a performance of Berg’s Violin Concerto conducted by R. Trevino, and with Dresden Philharmonic playing Glazunov Violin Concerto.

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