Daniel Barenboim Interview

1 Sep

Life could be so easy for Daniel Barenboim if he just let it. The affable 68-year-old pianist and conductor – playing twice in Abu Dhabi with the Berliner Staatskapelle this week – has over six decades of public acclaim already behind him, so he could hardly be blamed for settling into a quiet late career. But while praise for his work continues to pile up, the Argentine-Israeli’s working life in the 21st century has been anything but placid. Indeed, he seems almost allergic to taking the easy way out.

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