Concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2003, in Michael Barenboim's young career as a soloist he has already played with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras and conductors, and appears regularly in concert halls including Berlin's Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna and London's Royal Albert Hall. In 2011 he performed Schoenberg's Violin Concerto with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez at Cologne's Philharmonie and made his debut with the Wiener Philharmoniker in May 2012.
This season Barenboim performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Lorin Maazel on tour throughout Europe, gives debut performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valanciana, both under Zubin Mehta, and with the NDR Sinfonieorchester under Michael Gielen. In the US, Barenboim makes his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, again with Pierre Boulez, performing Schoenberg's Concerto.
"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)
Michael Barenboim performs with Münchner Philharmoniker and Lorin Maazel
Michael Barenboim debuts with the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg
Michael Barenboim steps in to play Beethoven Concerto with Gulbenkian Orchestra
Michael Barenboim debuts with Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Barenboim debuts with Münchner Philharmoniker
Violinist Michael Barenboim signs with HarrisonParrott