Michael Barenboim

Violin and Musical Direction

Gilbert Nouno

Electronic Music Design and Live Electronics

West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

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Franz Schubert

Rondo for Violin and Strings A major D 438

Benjamin Attahir

Jawb for String Octet

European Premiere - Commissioned by the Daniel Barenboim Stiftung

Pierre Boulez

Anthèmes 2 for Violin and Live Electronics

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Octet for Strings in E-flat major Op. 20

Approximate running time: 1h 45m without intermission

The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble—founded in 2019 in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra by its concertmaster, Michael Barenboim—brings together members of the orchestra in an intimate chamber-music formation. Following its inaugural U.S. tour in the spring of 2020, the ensemble now makes its Pierre Boulez Saal debut to present a program that prominently includes the European premiere of Benjamin Attahir’s string octet Jawb, which was written for the ensemble.