The second tour of the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble will take place between the months of October and November 2022 in Europe. After its initial debut tour in the United States in winter 2020, the ensemble led by Michael Barenboim will perform chamber music works by Franz Schubert, Pierre Boulez, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, as well as a new piece by the composer Benjamin Attahir.
30 October: BOZAR Brussels, Belgium
1 November: Theater Casino Zug, Switzerland
2 November: Stadtcasino Basel Musiksaal, Switzerland
3 November: House of Music, Budapest, Hungary
6 November: Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany
7 November: Vienna Konzerthaus, Austria
9 November: Philharmonie de Paris, France
To learn more about the program schedules and ticketing info, click here.
“The idea of the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble is to bring people from the countries of the Middle East together based on equality, and on a more individual level, so that each one’s role is more enhanced.”
— Michael Barenboim, music director of West-Eastern Divan Ensemble.
The musicians taking part in this tour of the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble will be: Michael Barenboim, David Strongin, Bilal Alnemr, Samir Obaido (violins), Sary Khalife, Assif Binness (cellos) and Miri Manasherov, Katrin Spiegel (violas).
The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, led by the orchestra’s concertmaster Michael Barenboim, draws upon players of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The ensemble performed chamber music repertoire from the Romanticism, 20th century and contemporary.
The ensemble is the most recent imprint of this project and brings the highly praised artistry of the large orchestra into an intimate chamber music format, spreads the ideas behind the Orchestra, and gives the public an opportunity to experience the musicians’ unique artistry and personality up close.
Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward W. Said created a workshop for young musicians to promote coexistence and intercultural dialogue, and this joint work gave birth to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in 1999.
The orchestra is made up of musicians from Israel, Palestine and the Middle East. Since its founding, it has proved time and again that music can break down barriers previously considered insurmountable.