archive of soloists

Michael Barenboim

Michael Barenboim

Michael Barenboim lets music, in its diverse and enduring ways, speak for itself through his violin. His performances are praised by the critics as “stunning”, “exciting, “utterly persuasive and compelling”.

Committed to the core classical and romantic repertoire, he is deeply invested and specially recognized for his performances of the 20th century and contemporary repertoire. Barenboim celebrates a long history of collaboration with the late Pierre Boulez, whose pieces he regularly performs in recital and with the Boulez Ensemble. He has recorded both Boulez’s Anthèmes 1 & 2 on Accentus Music. His second solo recording presents works by Sciarrino, Tartini, Berio and Paganini, and it was released in January 2018.

Last season, Michael Barenboim made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, performing Schönberg’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Vasily Petrenko. This followed other successful debuts performing this particular concerto, including the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim, Chicago Symphony under Asher Fisch, and Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Highlights of the current season will see Michael appearing at the Enescu Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Den Norske Opera Orchestra under Domingo Hindoyan, Kölner Kammerorchester under Christoph Poppen, and Freiburg Philharmonic under Fabrice Bollon; the performance of Mozart Violin Concerti with the Korean Chamber Orchestra at the Seoul Arts Center; on tour with the Italian Youth Orchestra; and in solo recital at the Elbphilharmonie, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Kumho Art Hall.

His 2016/17 season brought debuts with Gürzenich-Orchester Köln in the opening concert, BBC Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Shanghai Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, as well as returns to Komische Oper Berlin, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. Past seasons have also seen Michael Barenboim appear with the Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony, HR-Sinfonieorchester, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Academia Santa Cecilia, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Filarmonica della Scala, Tonhalle-Orchester, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, and Boulez Ensemble among others. As a recitalist, Michael has appeared at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall (Proms), Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Carnegie Hall, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Boulez Saal, Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera.

Chamber music is also an important focus for Barenboim. He is a founding member of the Erlenbusch Quartet and frequently invited at such festivals as the Lucerne Festival, Verbier, Salzburg, Rheingau Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Aix en Provence, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Granada, and Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival. Michael Barenboim collaborates regularly with his mother, the pianist Elena Bashkirova, as well as with such artists as Franz Helmerson, Julian Steckel, Guy Braunstein, Andras Schiff and Martha Argerich, among others. This season he will perform in a trio with the cellist Kian Soltani and Daniel Barenboim, in a series of concerts at the Boulez Saal.

Parallel to his solo concert and recital performances, Barenboim also serves as concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and cultivates a continuous and strong involvement in educational activities. He is Head of Chamber Music in the newly founded Barenboim-Said Academy and gives master classes around the world.