WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ENSEMBLE
“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
The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, led by the orchestra concertmaster Michael Barenboim, draws upon players of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. 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. Now when the orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary, Michael Barenboim, who as a soloist has recently appeared with Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony, founds this ensemble to spread the ideas behind the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra even further and to give the public an opportunity to experience the musicians’ unique artistry and personality up close.
The first tour of the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble will take place between the 19th February and the 8th March 2020 in the USA. The ensemble will perform, from coast to coast, chamber music works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, as well as a new piece by the composer Benjamin Attahir. Find the tour details in Concerts.