Michael Barenboim
Violin

"As exciting a first appearance by an instrumental soloist as I can recall in years.." (Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun Times, on Michael Barenboim's debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, March 2013)

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Biography

Violinist Michael Barenboim is one of the most versatile and talented artists of his generation and has performed with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras and conductors, including the Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by the late Lorin Maazel.

2014/15 sees Barenboim make a number of international debuts including performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Santtu-Matias Rouvali (Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Mariss Jansons, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Chambre de

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Violinist Michael Barenboim is one of the most versatile and talented artists of his generation and has performed with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras and conductors, including the Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by the late Lorin Maazel.

2014/15 sees Barenboim make a number of international debuts including performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Santtu-Matias Rouvali (Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Mariss Jansons, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and hr-Sinfonieorchester.

Other recent debut performances include the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg (both under Michael Gielen), and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Orquesta del Palau de les Arts, both under Zubin Mehta. He also recently made his debut with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields at the Perth Festival, and in summer 2013 appeared at the Granada Festival with Milan’s Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach.

A renowned chamber musician, Barenboim regularly appears at major festivals across Europe, working with artists such as Guy Braunstein, Frans Helmerson, Nobuko Imai, Daniel Barenboim, Elena Bashkirova, Denis Kozhukhin, Alisa Weilerstein and Nikolaj Znaider.

Michael Barenboim has been Concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2003.

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Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Ariane Levy-Künstler +44 (0)20 3725 9138
Amy Charlton +44 (0)20 3725 9125

Reviews

"He was the soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4, which combined technical precision and a breezy sweetness to exhilarating effect, with Barenboim playing the hire-wire act with two vertiginous solos. Fizzy, lush and confident, it was a quintessential Mozart performance." (Alex Needham, The Guardian, February 2014)

"He made the gnarled lyricism and awkwardly written cadenzas [of Schoenberg's Violin Concerto] sound absurdly easy to play, varying his bow pressure to suit the varying intensities of the music. You could read his deep emotional engagement in his playing even though his facial expression remained impassive. After so stunning a performance, who could blame the audience for erupting in cheers?"  (John

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"He was the soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.4, which combined technical precision and a breezy sweetness to exhilarating effect, with Barenboim playing the hire-wire act with two vertiginous solos. Fizzy, lush and confident, it was a quintessential Mozart performance." (Alex Needham, The Guardian, February 2014)

"He made the gnarled lyricism and awkwardly written cadenzas [of Schoenberg's Violin Concerto] sound absurdly easy to play, varying his bow pressure to suit the varying intensities of the music. You could read his deep emotional engagement in his playing even though his facial expression remained impassive. After so stunning a performance, who could blame the audience for erupting in cheers?"  (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, March 2013)

"…as exciting a first appearance by an instrumental soloist as I can recall in years when Michael Barenboim, 27, was the soloist in the fiendishly challenging and lushly romantic Schoenberg Violin Concerto… He wholly carried the sharp rhythms, tough harmonics and tantalizing blend of logic and unpredictability of the part. Barenboim was called back for a rare fourth curtain call. He deserved it." (Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun Times, March 2013)