Daniel Barenboim will Step Back from Performing Due to Ill Health
Barenboim, who has been diagnosed with a serious neurological condition, says he feels "not only content but deeply fulfilled" about both the past and the future
79-year-old Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has publicly announced his intention to step back from his performing career, after he was diagnosed with a serious neurological condition. Barenboim has already had to cancel planned appearances on two occasions in 2022.
One of the foremost musicians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Barenboim has been the general music director at the Berlin State Opera since 1992, among other prestigious directorships. Alongside Edward Said, he is the co-founder of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which promotes friendship and collegiality between Israel and the Arab nations.
"It is with a combination of pride and sadness that I announce today that I am taking a step back from some of my performing activities, especially conducting engagements, for the coming months," Barenboim wrote.
"My health has deteriorated over the last months, and I have been diagnosed with a serious neurological condition. I must now focus on my physical well-being as much as possible."
"Music has always been and continues to be an essential and lasting part of my life. I have lived all my life in and through music, and I will continue to do so as long as my health allows me to. Looking back and ahead, I am not only content but deeply fulfilled."
The Violin Channel sends Mr. Barenboim well wishes in this new chapter!