Daniel Barenboim, 75 today: no sign of slowing down

Posted on: November 15, 2017

“Daniel Barenboim maintains a busy schedule, as his calendar for 2017 proves,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (11/14) text and video at Deutsche Welle. “Born on November 15, 1942 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he returned there this year to join Argentine pianist Martha Argerich in a piano duo, having known the world star since childhood. On October 3, he conducted at the reopening of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden. Throughout the year, he’s performed and conducted all of Franz Schubert’s piano sonatas and symphonies in the Boulez Hall, having learned several of the sonatas after reaching the age of 70. Orchestre de Paris, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, La Scala in Milan and the Staatskapelle [Berlin] are the main stations in Barenboim’s career, but there is hardly an orchestra of world status he hasn’t guest-conducted. In 2016, Barenboim set up his own YouTube channel to mount brief descriptive essays on various works and phenomena in the music world … [He] recently said … ‘I hope that I’ll have the objectivity to know when I should stop.’ That day doesn’t seem to be coming any time soon.”

Posted November 15, 2017