“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.read more
The 19/20 season will bring a Spanish tour with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, performing Mozart Violin Concerto No.1, and French appearances at the Paris Philharmonie with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France, where he will perform the Ligeti Concerto, and with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, featuring Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto. Michael will also play Ligeti Violin Concerto with the Boulez Ensemble under F.X.Roth.
Michael returns to the Enescu Festival with J. Widmann’s Violin Concerto no. 1, and will reprise the Schönberg Violin Concerto, this time at the Musikverein with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien under the baton of P. Steinberg. Besides his solo activity, Michael will appear in trio with Daniel Barenboim & Kian Soltani, performing all Beethoven Piano Trios, and will be soloist and leader of the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, a new chamber ensemble comprised by members of the WEDO, which will tour the US in Spring 2020.
Past seasons have seen Michael debut with the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Academia Santa Cecilia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Filarmonica della Scala, Tonhalle-Orchester, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony and Boulez Ensemble among others.
As a recitalist Michael has appeared at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall (PROMS), Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Boulez Saal, Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Kumho Art Hall. He collaborates regularly with his mother, the pianist Elena Bashkirova, as well as with such artists as Franz Helmerson, Julian Steckel, Guy Braunstein, Denis Kozhukhin, Andras Schiff and Martha Argerich, among others. Parallel to his solo concert and recital performances, Barenboim also serves as concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and cultivates a continuous and strong involvement in educational activities. He is Head of Chamber Music in the newly founded Barenboim-Said Academy and gives master classes around the world.