Barenboim's back! Legendary Israeli composer returns to Qatar for piano recital

Published January 16th, 2013 - 06:14 GMT
Daniel Barenboim played a piano recital in Qatar on Tuesday evening (Photo: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra)
Daniel Barenboim played a piano recital in Qatar on Tuesday evening (Photo: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra)

Famous Israeli composer and pianist Daniel Barenboim returned to Qatar on Tuesday evening for a piano recital at the Katara Cultural Village after his previous performances were cancelled last year. 

The Argentinian-born pianist is known as an opinionated critic of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories. 

The well-known composer founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with late scholar Edward Said. The pair were due to perform at the second Katara Music and Dialogue Festival last April with an orchestra combining both Israeli and Palestinian musicians. 

The performance last year was reportedly cancelled due to pressure from supporters of a cultural boycott of Israel. The festival organizers however state that the festival was cancelled due to “current political developments across the Arab region.” 

Barenboim will perform Franz Schubert Sonata in C minor, D. 958 and Franz Schubert, Sonata in A major D.959 without his orchestra at the Katara Opera House on Tuesday evening.


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