"For centuries we have identified his music with the idea of struggle. But one should not think that he was fighting against deafness or Napoleon's autocratic nature. His music reflects the struggle of human beings to improve themselves, to change and to simplify." Speaking of Beethoven, perhaps Daniel Barenboim is thinking of himself. An artist who in a seventy-year career has reached out like few others to the essence of music. A friend, as well as an honorary member, whom Filarmonica della Scala and his audience await each time with the same eager longing.
Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, he took his first piano lessons with his mother at the age of five and then continued his musical studies with his father, who would remain his only piano teacher. At age seven he gave his first public concert. In 1952 he moved with his family to Israel and at age eleven attended Igor Markevitch's conducting course in Salzburg.Read More