Michael Barenboim

Violin and Musical Direction

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble


Franz Schubert

Rondo for Violin and Strings A major D 438

Benjamin Attahir

Jawb for String Octet

German Premiere - Commissioned by the Daniel Barenboim Foundation

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 in C major BWV 1005

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Octet for Strings in E-flat major Op. 20

Approximate running time: 1h 30m with one intermission

The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble—founded in 2019 for the 20th anniversary of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra by its concertmaster Michael Barenboim—unites members of the orchestra in an intimate chamber-music formation. Following its inaugural U.S. tour in the spring of 2020, the ensemble now comes to the Pierre Boulez Saal with a program that includes the German premiere of Benjamin Attahir’s string octet Jawb, a piece written for the ensemble.