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Muti to conduct concert for pope

Muti to conduct concert for pope

CHICAGO, May 7 (UPI) -- The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says its music director, Riccardo Muti, will lead Rome's Teatro dell'Opera in a concert to honor Pope Benedict XVI.

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La Scala names Barenboim musical director

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MILAN, Italy, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Argentinian-Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim, La Scala's principal guest conductor, is to take over as musical director of the Milan opera house.
Opera Celebrates Tel Aviv's centennial

Opera Celebrates Tel Aviv's centennial

JERUSALEM, July 17 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of Israelis attended the performance of one of the world's leading opera companies as part of Tel Aviv's centennial celebration.

Conductor Barenboim a hit at Cairo concert

CAIRO, April 18 (UPI) -- Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim says he enjoyed visiting Egypt for his Cairo Symphony Orchestra concert that ended with rapturous applause.

Conductor Barenboim aiding Mideast peace

BERLIN, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- German conductor Daniel Barenboim says his participation in the West-Eastern Divan represented his support for peace in the Middle East.
Bodyguards protecting conductor in Israel

Bodyguards protecting conductor in Israel

JERUSALEM, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Famous Argentine conductor Daniel Barenboim reportedly enlisted the protection of bodyguards this week after receiving threats at his home in Israel.

Barenboim set to promote musical education

LONDON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Famed conductor Daniel Barenboim plans to call for increased musical education for young people when he performs in London next year.

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Barenboim has triumphant finale in Chicago

CHICAGO, June 18 (UPI) -- Daniel Barenboim has concluded his 15-year-run as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's music director with an emotional final concert.

Barenboim makes La Scala move official

MILAN, Italy, May 16 (UPI) -- Outgoing Chicago Symphony Music Director Daniel Barenboim has been tapped as the principal guest conductor of Italy's La Scala opera house in Milan.

Barenboim reportedly headed to La Scala

MILAN, Italy, May 11 (UPI) -- Outgoing Chicago Symphony Musical Director Daniel Barenboim is poised to become one Europe's most powerful musical figures, it was reported Thursday.
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Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim, music director designate of the Chicago Symphony orchestra, holds a news conference on February 14, 1989 at the orchestra Hall in Chicago. Barenboim, currently music director of L'Orchestra de Paris, will succeed Sir George Solti who has held the position in Chicago since 1969. Barenboim, 46, will begin his tenure on September 1, 1991. (UPI Photo/Ray Foli/Files)

Daniel Barenboim (born 15 November 1942) is an Argentine-born Israeli pianist and conductor. He is also known for his work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Sevilla-based orchestra of young Arab and Jewish musicians.

Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His grandparents were Russian Ashkenazi Jews. He started piano lessons at the age of five with his mother, continuing to study with his father Enrique, who remained his only teacher. In August 1950, at the age of seven, he gave his first formal concert in Buenos Aires.

In 1952, the Barenboim family moved to Israel. Two years later, in the summer of 1954, his parents brought him to Salzburg to take part in Igor Markevitch's conducting classes. During that summer he also met and played for Wilhelm Furtwängler, who has remained a central musical influence and ideal for Barenboim. Furtwängler called the young Barenboim a "phenomenon" and invited him to perform the Beethoven First Piano Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic, but Barenboim's father told the maestro that it was too soon after the Holocaust for a child of Jewish parents to be performing in Berlin.

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