Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. He received his first piano lessons
from his mother at age five. Later, he studied under his father, who would remain his only
piano teacher. At the age of seven, he gave his first public concert in Buenos Aires. His
international debut came three years later with concerts in Vienna and Rome, followed by
performances in Paris (1955), London (1956), and New York (1957) under Leopold Stokowski.
Since then, he has regularly toured Europe the United States, South America, Australia, and
the Far East.
Ever since his conducting debut in 1967 in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Mr.
Barenboim has been in great demand with leading orchestras around the world. He was
principal conductor of the Orchestre de Paris (1975-1989) and music director of the Chicago
Symphony Orchestra (1991-2006). Upon his departure from the Chicago Symphony, the musicians
of the orchestra named him honorary conductor for life. Since 1992, Mr. Barenboim has been
general music director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. In 2000, the Staatskapelle
Berlin appointed him principal conductor for life. With the opening of the 2007-2008
season, Mr. Barenboim began a close relationship with the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where
he regularly conducts opera and concert performances, and plays in chamber music concerts
as "maestro scaligero." In the autumn of 2011, he was appointed music director of the
famous opera house.
In 1999, Mr. Barenboim, together with Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said,
established the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. He also initiated a project for music
education in the Palestinian territories, which includes the foundation of a music
kindergarten as well as a Palestinian youth orchestra. He is the recipient of numerous
awards honoring his peace efforts.
Mr. Barenboim has published a number of books, including the autobiography A Life in
Music and Parallels and Paradoxes, which he wrote together with Mr.
Said. In the summer of 2008, his book Everything is Connected was published.
Together with Patrice Chéreau, in December 2008 he published Dialoghi su musica e
teatro. Tristano e Isotta.