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About Daniel Barenboim

Though he began as a soloist, pianist Daniel Barenboim is now one of the modern era’s most influential conductors, and he’s led nearly every major orchestra and opera in the world. ∙ Barenboim drew widespread attention at age 11 after performing for legendary composer Wilhelm Furtwängler, who called him a “phenomenon.” ∙ By age 14, he was performing around the world, including his first of more than 100 appearances at Carnegie Hall. ∙ His acclaimed conducting work earned the maestro six Grammy Awards and an induction into classical music’s Gramophone Hall of Fame. ∙ The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra—an ensemble he formed in 1999 as a way to promote dialogue between young Arab and Israeli musicians—has performed for the Pope and the United Nations. ∙ France, Germany, Italy, and the UK have awarded him their highest honors for his musical and humanitarian achievements. ∙ He was the first person ever granted both Israeli and Palestinian citizenship and was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace for using music to bridge cultures.

HOMETOWN
Buenos Aires, Argentina
BORN
15 November 1942