West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
performances in some of the main international venues show the hard work behind each rehearsal.
The West-Eastern Divan is not only a musical project, but also a forum for dialogue and reflection on the Arab-Israeli problem. The cross-cultural contacts made by the musicians during the orchestral workshops, symbolize how political and cultural differences could be overcome between the countries represented in the orchestra.
Unfortunately, music alone will not solve the highly complex conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. However, in the Barenboim-Said Foundation we strongly believe that music is a powerful tool for breaking down barriers previously considered insurmountable. This project thus demonstrates that an understanding between countries which have historically been enemies is possible.
“We aspire to total freedom and equality between Israelis and Palestinians, and it is on this basis that we come together to play music.” Statement of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra musicians, 2009.