Daniel Barenboim talks in interview about why the taboo on performing Wagner has no place in Israel today, and why openness towards the other, the founding principle of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, continues to be relevant across the Middle East.
is an Israeli pianist and conductor. Together with Edward Said, Barenboim founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of young musicians from throughout the Middle East. Barenboim is the former musical director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and was named Conductor for Life at the Berlin Staatsoper in 2000 and Maestro Scaligero at La Scala, Milan, in 2006. He is the author of three books: A Life In Music, Parallels and Paradoxes (with Edward W Said) and Everything Is Connected.