Violinist Michael Barenboim is one of the most versatile and talented artists of his generation and has performed with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors, including Wiener Philharmoniker and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He performed Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by the late Lorin Maazel.
Barenboim made a number of international debuts in 2014-15, including performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Mariss Jansons, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and hr-Sinfonieorchester. He recently made his debut at the Easter Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and appeared at the closing gala of the 2014 Festival de Radio France et Montpellier. In summer 2013, he appeared at the Granada Festival with Milan’s Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach.
As a chamber musician, Michael Barenboim regularly appears at festivals including the Rheingau Musik-Festival, Lucerne and Jerusalem chamber music festivals, Salzburger Festspiele, Beethovenfest Bonn and Klavier-Festival Ruhr. He has worked with artists such as Guy Braunstein, Frans Helmerson, Nobuko Imai, Daniel Barenboim, Elena Bashkirova, Alisa Weilerstein and Nikolaj Znaider. Recital highlights include appearances at the Bath Mozartfest with Denis Kozhukhin and at Berlin’s Konzerthaus.
Renowned for his performances of contemporary music, Barenboim regularly plays works by Elliott Carter, Salvatore Sciarrino and Pierre Boulez. He participated in Boulez’s 90th birthday celebrations, appearing with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Madrid and Paris and performing Anthèmes and Anthèmes 2 at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and Staatsoper Berlin.
Michael Barenboim was born in Paris in 1985 and began violin lessons aged seven. He studied at the High School for Music and Theatre, Rostock, under Prof. Axel Wilczok and regularly attended masterclasses given by Guy Braunstein. Barenboim also studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris. He has been Concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2003 and is first violinist of the Erlenbusch Quartet, which he founded in 2005.