West-Eastern Divan on tour
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and its Music Director, Daniel Barenboim, perform many concerts every year in some of the most well-known theatres and venues around the world. After its annual orchestral workshop, they embark on a several weeks-long tour playing the pieces they have worked on and rehearsed during the previous weeks. All concerts are conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
This project, which started as a dream born in conversations held throughout the years by friends Said and Barenboim, is now a first-class orchestra. Amongst its most memorable concerts stand out the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, London Royal Albert Hall, Paris Salle Pleyel, New York Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Grosses Festspielhaus, Lucerne KKL, Milan Teatro alla Scala, Buenos Aires Teatro Colon or Shanghai Cultural Plaza Theater. However, the West-Eastern Divan highlight was
the concert offered in Ramallah in 2005. Thanks to the support of the Spanish government, the orchestra was able to achieve the impossible: Arab and Israeli musicians performing together in a territory banned for them.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra does not only perform classical music. Besides symphonic works, operas and chamber music, in the last few years Maestro Barenboim has included many contemporary (both symphonic and chamber music) pieces in the orchestra’s repertoire. From Pierre Boulez to Arab composers Kareem Roustom or Kinan Azmeh and Israelis Ayal Adler or Chaya Czernowin, just to name a few, the Divan Orchestra has proved that its musical achievements go beyond the most widely played works, successfully performing them for expert audiences, such as the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals or the London BBC Proms.