Daniel Barenboim


Saturday 11 August 2018 at 11:00
Daniel Barenboim og Helle Solvang. Photo: Peter Adamik/Press photo
Daniel Barenboim og Helle Solvang. Photo: Peter Adamik/Press photo


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The worldwide celebrity, pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim will be on stage in Dronningesalen together with a handful of musicians from his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which was formed in 1999 and consists of Arab, Palestinian and Israeli musicians.

It will not be a regular concert as such. In Dronningesalen, Barenboim will talk about his great idea: the ability of music and art to break down borders and promote mutual understanding in a world full of conflicts, war and violence. His words will also be supplemented by musical contributions from musicians in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Barenboim created the orchestra almost two decades ago, along with the American-Palestinian professor of literature Edward Said, who, as an expert in international and middle-east politics, supported Palestinian independence. His best-known work is Orientalism (1978), which describes the stereotype conception of the Islamic world in the West.

Said died in 2003, but Barenboim continued to keep the spirit of their collaboration alive when in 2015 he established the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin. The aim of the academy is to educate world-class musicians who at the same time can personify Barenboim and Said’s humanistic and artistic vision of equality, freedom and mutual recognition, also among Palestinians and Israelis.

Daniel Barenboim: born in 1942. Argentinian-Israeli pianist and conductor. Gave his first formal concert at the age of seven and his first international concert at the age of ten. Since 1992, he has been the general music director at the Berlin State Opera. Over the years, Barenboim has received many awards and honours, including the Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the French Légion d'honneur.

On stage in Dronningesalen, Daniel Barenboim will converse with Helle Solvang, who has a master’s degree in musicology and modern culture and culture dissemination. As a radio host on DR for 20 years, she has interviewed and given portraits of hundreds of artists and people with passionate ideas and she has a wide-ranging background as a moderator and conferencier, including a position as head moderator at the national cultural meeting on Mors.

From 2011 to 2017, she was a host at the Language Laboratory on DR P1 and has also presented concerts and competitions, including ‘Play for your Life’, ‘The Malko Competition’ and ‘The P2 Prize’. In 2018 she and her colleague Nadja Pass were nominated for the Art Beat Prize’s special award for work on developing meetings and building bridges between people who do not normally talk to each other.

Kent Klich - Gaza Works
The event is part of the programme linked to the 
Kent Klich exhibition Gaza Works. Since the early 2000s, the Swedish photographer has portrayed life in the Gaza Strip, as an alternative to the short-lived, sensational attention drawn to the confllict by the media.

This event has been created in collaboration with the Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, which has made it possible to offer tickets for only DKK 30.