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Michael Barenboim

“When you create a beautiful sound, you know all the hard work was worth it.”

With these words, Michael Barenboim (born in 1985) sums up the path he has pursued as an artist. He was named concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the age of 18. According to Michael, 2011 marked the true beginning of his career when he performed the Schoenberg Violin Concerto with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Pierre Boulez. He has since played this concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim, the Chicago Symphony under Asher Fisch, the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and the Berlin Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko.

Michael has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras.  Here is a short selection:

  • Frankfurt Radio Symphony
  • Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
  • Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne
  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (OPL)
  • Academia di Santa Cecilia
  • Filarmonica della Scala
  • Philharmonia Orchestra London
  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich
  • Academy of St Martin in the Fields
  • Gulbenkian Orchestra
  • Spanish National Orchestra

“Challenge your ideas about a piece by studying the score. Don’t let yourself be influenced by something somebody said somewhere about it.”

Michael regularly gives solo recitals in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Sydney Opera House, and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples. He presented a program with works by Pierre Boulez in Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Barbican Centre in London, the Opéra National de Paris, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, and the Salzburg Festival. Among his last solo performances before the pandemic lockdown in 2020 were Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Robert Trevino and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel.

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