Daniel Barenboim is a pianist, conductor, writer, and teacher born on November 15, 1942. Though he is a citizen of Argentina (by birth), Spain, and Israel, he has spent a considerable amount of his professional life in the U.S. He now resides in Berlin, having been appointed to lead the Berlin State Opera for life.
Barenboim is presently one of the most influential (and busiest) musicians in the world. Were he also a composer, Barenboim started piano lessons at the age of five with his mother, continuing to study with his father Enrique, who remained his only other teacher. He gave his first formal concert in Buenos Aires in 1950, at the age of 7. In 1952, the Barenboims moved to Israel, and he soon after made his piano debut in Vienna (1952), Rome (1952), Paris (1955), London (1956), and New York (1957). He has been concertizing and recording ever since.
He began to study conducting in 1954 (age 12.) That same year, he was invited to play with the Berlin Philharmonic but declined the offer. In 1955, he began to study composition with Nadia Boulanger. His debut as conductor took place in London in 1967, at age 25. His two prior permanent conductor posts have been with the Orchestre de Paris (1975 to 1989) and the Chicago Symphony (1991 to 2006.) He is also one of the major opera conductors in the world, though he did not make his Metropolitan Opera debut until 2008.
In 1992 he became General Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. In the autumn of 2000, the Staatskapelle Berlin appointed him Chief Conductor for Life. Barenboim continues to appear as a regular guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic orchestras.
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