Beethoven For All

"All people become brothers..." (Schiller/Beethoven)

Engaging with music and the arts is one of the most important things we have in life. Performing a piece of music and listening to it with an open mind can tell us many things about the world and ourselves. If people can reach mutual understanding and even harmony over a work of art in this world of conflict and despair, this gives me hope and encouragement that we reach with the arts where we can’t get with words and politics alone.

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Beethoven For All and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Celebrating 10 years since the unique young Orchestra found its permanent home in Seville, this year Barenboim releases his full Beethoven Symphony Cycle "Beethoven for All".

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is touring the world with their shared vision of peaceful co-existence in the Middle East. In the same spirit Barenboim has founded music kindergartens in Ramallah and Berlin in 2004 and 2005. Through the Barenboim-Said Foundation, based in Seville, he has inspired the creation of an Early Childhood Music Education Project, a Music Education Project in the Middle East and an Academy of Orchestral Studies in Seville.

Daniel Barenboim talks to Jon Snow at SOAS

Daniel Barenboim Jon Snow

On 21 April 2012 Daniel Barenboim and Jon Snow met for a public debate at the London Middle East Institute, SOAS University, discussing the role of arts and culture in a political and international current affairs context, focussing on the situation and recent developments in the Middle East. Drawing people of all ages and backgrounds towards music has been at the heart of Barenboim's beliefs throughout his career. When founding the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with the late Edward Said, the aim was to promote mutual understanding and communication by bringing together your musicians from Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and many more.