Photo: Daniel Barenboim
Argentine-Israeli conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim on Wednesday celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic.
Barenboim began his association with the German orchestra in June 1964 with a solo performance of Bela Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under the direction of Pierre Boulez.
The Berlin Philharmonic’s concert on Wednesday is being simulcast in 160 cinemas across Europe.
Barenboim was just 21 when he began his association with the philharmonic, which had just recently moved into the concert hall designed by architect Hans Scharoun.
The 71-year-old Barenboim is now one of the world’s most acclaimed conductors and the winner of numerous awards, including Spain’s prestigious Prince of Asturias Concord Prize for his efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.
Barenboim was born in 1942 in Buenos Aires to a Jewish family of Russian origin and gave his first piano recital at the age of 7.