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

Biography

Michael Barenboim lets music, in its diverse and enduring ways, speak for itself through his violin.

Barenboim performs regularly with renowned orchestras worldwide, including Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, NDR Sinfonieorchester, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. He has worked with such esteemed conductors as Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Gielen, Zubin Mehta and David Zinman.

Michael Barenboim lets music, in its diverse and enduring ways, speak for itself through his violin.

Barenboim performs regularly with renowned orchestras worldwide, including Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, NDR Sinfonieorchester, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala. He has worked with such esteemed conductors as Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Gielen, Zubin Mehta and David Zinman.

His 2015/16 season highlights include a residency with Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, debuts with Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (under Antonio Pappano), Orquesta Nacional de España (under Juanjo Mena, performing the Ginastera concerto as a centenary celebration of the composer) and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as well as a tour with Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pflaz and Karl-Heinz Steffens, with whom he often works in concert with. Barenboim also makes his orchestral debut in Berlin with Komische Oper Orchestra, performs with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and gives recitals in Australia. Towards the end of 2015 he gives a series of performances at Opéra de Paris for a new ballet choreographed by Wayne McGregor on Boulez’s Anthèmes 2.

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

Reviews

“If you weren't in the town hall, or listening to the RNZ Concert relay, then you missed one of the highlights of the concert year. This 1936 score received the Viennese affection that it needs from soloist Michael Barenboim. Playing from memory - a feat in itself - he brought out the Brahmsian yearning, especially in the Andante grazioso yet, in virtuoso outbursts, fearlessly spun his quivering filigree through orchestral textures.” (New Zealand Herald, April 2016)

“Barenboim’s control of it [Schoenberg violin concerto] was marvelous to watch ... He really showed us a lot that was going on under the bonnet of this sometimes quite inscrutable work and to me he brought out the feeling in it.” (Radio New Zealand, April 2016)

“Michael Barenboim’s Adelaide (and Australian solo) debut at the glorious Ngeringa Cultural Centre will long linger in the memory of those who made the trek for a quite remarkable afternoon of music making. And the making was entirely Barenboim’s own, an enormous and demanding program for solo violin ... Barenboim is a true master.” (Adelaide Now, April 2016)

“If you weren't in the town hall, or listening to the RNZ Concert relay, then you missed one of the highlights of the concert year. This 1936 score received the Viennese affection that it needs from soloist Michael Barenboim. Playing from memory - a feat in itself - he brought out the Brahmsian yearning, especially in the Andante grazioso yet, in virtuoso outbursts, fearlessly spun his quivering filigree through orchestral textures.” (New Zealand Herald, April 2016)

“Barenboim’s control of it [Schoenberg violin concerto] was marvelous to watch ... He really showed us a lot that was going on under the bonnet of this sometimes quite inscrutable work and to me he brought out the feeling in it.” (Radio New Zealand, April 2016)

“Michael Barenboim’s Adelaide (and Australian solo) debut at the glorious Ngeringa Cultural Centre will long linger in the memory of those who made the trek for a quite remarkable afternoon of music making. And the making was entirely Barenboim’s own, an enormous and demanding program for solo violin ... Barenboim is a true master.” (Adelaide Now, April 2016)

“..this is a violinist that this reviewer believes is destined to rank alongside the likes of Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. His gorgeous, burnished tone is supported by a seemingly effortless bowing arm, spot-on fingering and an intelligent instinct for nuance. Like both of those musical giants he is unfussy, eschewing effects and mannerisms for the clarity of the musical message, and he brings to bear an understanding and expressive depth to his material.” (Limelight, April 2016)

“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)

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