Daniel Barenboim (born November 15, 1942) is an Argentinean-Israeli pianist and conductor. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; his parents were Russian Jews. He holds both Israeli and Spanish citizenship.
Barenboim first came to fame as a pianist but now is as well-known as a conductor, and for his work with mixed orchestras of Arabs and Jews, and for his collaboration with Palestinian activist Edward Said.
In 2001, Barenboim sparked a controversy in Israel by conducting the music of Wagner.
Further Reading: Daniel Barenboim
James listens to the new duet disc from two of today's greatest pianists – Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich.
The pianist joins Andris Nelsons and the Staatskapelle Berlin for the two Chopin piano concertos, and conducts an electrifying Pathétique with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he co-founded with the late Edward Said.