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Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim in Vienna, 2008
Born (1942-11-15) 15 November 1942 (age 74)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Citizenship Argentine, Israeli, Palestinian, Spanish
Occupation Pianist and conductor
Spouse(s) Jacqueline du Pré (1967–1987, her death)
Elena Bashkirova (m. 1988; 2 children)
Awards Otto Hahn Peace Medal (2010)
Website www.danielbarenboim.com

In the beginning, there was silence. And out of the silence came the sound. The sound is not here.
Daniel Barenboim
The Barenboim Foundation has nothing to do with politics.
There are many types of silence. There is a silence before the note, there is a silence at the end and there is a silence in the middle.
Daniel Barenboim
It's funny, because in 1970 I met the Beatles quite by a chance at a party. It was the Beethoven bicentenary, and I was then also playing the Beethoven Sonatas. And that's all they wanted to hear about – I wanted to talk about them, and all they wanted to talk about was Beethoven.
Daniel Barenboim
When you love somebody and they die young and you are young, too, it is very hard.
Daniel Barenboim
Jewish intellectuals contributed a great deal to insure that Europe became a continent of humanism, and it is with these humanist ideals that Europe must now intervene in the Middle East conflict.
Daniel Barenboim
US presidents can make all the commitments and declarations they want until they are blue in the face, in the Muslim world they will always be perceived as partisan.
Daniel Barenboim
There are wonderful restaurants in London. I love Indian food and I like Arab food, and I go very often to the Arab restaurant Noura.
Daniel Barenboim
An hour of violin lessons in Berlin is an hour where you get the child interested in music. An hour in a violin lesson in Palestine is an hour away from violence, is an hour away from fundamentalism.
Daniel Barenboim

When playing music, it is possible to achieve a unique sense of peace.
You can't expect someone born into a family with no music… to understand when I'm conducting the Schoenberg Variations.
Daniel Barenboim
Beethoven was a deeply political man in the broadest sense of the word. He was not interested in daily politics, but concerned with questions of moral behaviour and the larger questions of right and wrong affecting the entire society.
Daniel Barenboim
When playing music, it is possible to achieve a unique sense of peace.
I maintain music is not here to make us forget about life. It's also here to teach us about life: the fact that everything starts and ends, the fact that every sound is in danger of disappearing, the fact that everything is connected – the fact that we live and we die.
Daniel Barenboim
Once you start playing a piece, there is a connection between every note. You cannot say, 'I will not concentrate on this note.' You cannot ignore things the way you do in the rest of your life.
Daniel Barenboim
I have music in my brain all the time, all sorts.
Now the first step has to be taken, the step towards democracy. This step is full of risks, and requires trust on all sides. We don't know where it will lead. But if we just stand still, we will have no chance of escaping the violence.
Daniel Barenboim
Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.
Daniel Barenboim
I love conducting. What I'm tired of is music administration. I don't want that. I just want to make music.
Daniel Barenboim
Sound is often talked about in a very subjective way, as if it had a colour. This is a bright sound, this is a dark sound. I don't believe in that because I think that is much too subjective.
Daniel Barenboim
To have real knowledge, one must understand the essence of things and not only their manifestations.
Daniel Barenboim
Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.
In my mother's belly, I remember not liking the tempi my father played the Beethoven Sonatas in.
Daniel Barenboim
I would like to be a terrorist for music education – to make a complete reform, all over the world.
Daniel Barenboim
Music means different things to different people and sometimes even different things to the same person at different moments of his life.
Daniel Barenboim
What the world is saying to us human beings is, 'Don't stick to the old ways, learn to think anew.' And that's what musicians do every day.
Daniel Barenboim
I can't stand going out to one more dinner with some Mrs. So-and-So who might leave a million dollars to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when she dies.
Daniel Barenboim
For many people, music is here to let them forget the daily chores of life.
Daniel Barenboim
It is always interesting and sometimes even important to have intimate knowledge of a composer's life, but it is not essential in order to understand the composer's works.
Daniel Barenboim
Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease.
Daniel Barenboim
Beethoven's importance in music has been principally defined by the revolutionary nature of his compositions. He freed music from hitherto prevailing conventions of harmony and structure.
Daniel Barenboim
The tempo is the suitcase. If the suitcase is too small, everything is completely wrinkled. If the tempo is too fast, everything becomes so scrambled you can't understand it.
Daniel Barenboim
Beethoven's music tends to move from chaos to order, as if order were an imperative of human existence.
Daniel Barenboim
I liked very much when we lived in Hampstead. We would go for walks on the Heath. I liked it better than living in the centre of town.
Daniel Barenboim