20 YEARS DIVAN ORCHESTRA
Twenty years ago, Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The ensemble now celebrates this special anniversary with two concerts at the Berlin Philharmonie: Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yo-Yo Ma will join Maestro Barenboim and the young musicians in a program featuring Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Bruckner’s unfinished Symphony No. 9.
TWO UNIQUE CONCERTS
THE SOUND OF UTOPIA
This unique ensemble, founded in 1999 by Maestro Barenboim and Edward W. Said, brings together young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other countries of the Middle East. Over the course of two decades, it has not only become an internationally celebrated orchestra but an important symbol for the peaceful co-existence of different cultures. The work of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra inspired the formation of the Barenboim-Said Akademie in 2015 and of the Pierre Boulez Saal, which opened two years later. The three institutions have since been united in their mission to let music be a messenger of humanism and transcultural understanding.