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Michael Barenboim

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 included Michael Barenboim’s 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 for a tour under G. Noseda, performing Bruch and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos, appeared at the Enescu Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1, and with the BBC Philharmonic performing Berg Violin Concerto.

The 18/19 season brings debuts with Los Angeles Philharmonic under G. Dudamel, performing Mozart Violin Concerto No.1, with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Robert Trevino playing Berg Violin Concerto, and with San Diego Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Orquestra de Minas Gerais and Tenerife Symphony, performing Glazunov Violin Concerto. Barenboim will perform J. Widmann’s Insel der Sirenen for violin solo and strings orchestra for the first time at the Boulez Saal, and premiere Kareem Roustom’s Violin Concerto No.1 under Lahav Shani. He will also appear in solo recital at the Paris Philharmonie, Boulez Saal, Gulbenkian Auditorium, Monteverdi Festival, Rosengarten Manheim and Cal Performances in Berkeley. Additionally he will tour in Europe with the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, and will join his father Daniel Barenboim and the cellist Kian Soltani in a newly formed Piano Trio, performing the complete Mozart and Beethoven Piano Trios at the Salzburg Festival and the Boulez Saal.

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