Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Jewish Russian immigrant parents


Starts piano lessons with his mother; continues to study with his father, who remains his only other teacher.


Buenos Aires: Piano debut Vienna: Plays in and observes Igor Markevich's conducting class Family settles in Israel


Salzburg: becomes youngest member of Igor Markevich's conducting masterclasses. Meets and plays for Wilhelm Furtwängler, who invites DB to attend his rehearsals of Don Giovanni and to perform with him and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Furtwängler's statement "the eleven year old Barenboim is a phenomenon ..." helped the young pianist to quickly establish himself.


Paris: Studies with Nadia Boulanger; Makes Paris debut (with André Cluytens/ Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire/Mozart K271); Plays for Arthur Rubinstein; Meets Leopold Stokowski, who invites him to perform with him


New York: Piano debut with Stokowski/Symphony of the Air (Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1) at Carnegie Hall; also performs with members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Dimitri Mitropoulos


Tel Aviv: Performs complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas


Tel Aviv: Conducting debut with Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Manchester (UK): Performs as pianist with Hallé Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli. "As far as orchestral playing is concerned, I learned most of what I know from Barbirolli"


Berlin: Piano debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Boulez/Bartók Piano Concerto No. 1 & Mehta/Furtwängler Piano Concerto) UK: Plays & conducts English Chamber Orchestra for the first time. Later performs with and conducts them in Europe, the United States ('68), and Australia. Also tours world with them ('69) and India/Japan ('73)



London: Meets Jacqueline du Pre. They marry in Jerusalem in 1967, during the 7-Day War and perform and record together in the next years until Ms. du Pré is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She dies, in London, in 1987


London: Performs - and later records - Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 with Otto Klemperer & Philharmonia Orchestra. They subsequently record all the Beethoven piano concertos. Daniel Barenboim later records the Beethoven piano concertos twice again: as conductor with Arthur Rubinstein/London Philharmonic Orchestra and as both pianist and conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


Meets Pinchas Zukerman, forms trio with him and du Pré. He also enjoys chamber music collaborations through the years with Gregor Piatigorsky, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma and Maxim Vengerov


Berlin: Conducting debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra London: First recital with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Die Winterreise) which leads to an extensive concert and recording collaboration.


Chicago: Conducts Chicago Symphony Orchestra for first time (Four separate concerts in November include Dvorák Cello Concerto and Silent Woods (du Pré), Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3, Mozart Concerto for Violin, No. 5 (Zukerman) and Bruckner Symphony No. 7


Serves as Director of Israel Festival


Edinburgh: First appearances conducting opera (Don Giovanni) at the Edinburgh Festival


Paris: Music Director of L'Orchestre de Paris. His tenure is marked by a commitment to contemporary music with performances of works by Lutoslawski, Berio, Boulez, Henze, Dutilleux and Takemitsu.


Berlin: Begins conducting at Deutsche Oper, Berlin. (Le nozze di Figaro; then Tristan und Isolde; later Fidelio, Aida, Der Fliegende Holländer)



Munich: Performs as pianist with Munich Philharmonic and Sergiu Celibidache. Gives concerts with Celibidache in Munich every year thereafter


Bayreuth debut with a new production of Tristan und Isolde. Becomes a regular visitor, conducting The Ring, Parsifal, Die Meistersinger and Tristan und Isolde.


Bayreuth: Conducts new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, which runs through the summer of 1992


Chicago: Named ninth Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Sir Georg Solti from 9/91. His contract runs until 2006. Vienna: Conducting debut with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Berlin: Leads Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in concert at the Philharmonie on the occasion of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall (Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No.7)


Chicago: First concert as new Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (First program was an open-air concert; First official concert was Bruckner Symphony No. 5) Autobiography, A Life in Music, is published.


Berlin: Becomes General Music Director of Staatsoper Unter den Linden. His contract runs until 2002 Signs exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics International.


London: Performs Beethoven cycle (symphonies & piano concertos) with Berliner Staatskapelle: "Barenboim proved again that he is simply one of the most musical musicians in the world today. [...] While this was unmistakably Beethoven for today it was also true to the spirit of the composer's time. [...] the aristocratic tone of Berlin's oldest orchestra showed itself right in the opening bars." Repeats cycle in Vienna, Berlin and New York in 2000.


West Bank: Gives recital at Birzeit University in Ramallah Berlin: Records Beethoven's Fidelio with Meier/Domingo/Struckmann/Berliner Staatsoper; With the Berliner Staatskapelle, makes his first recording of Beethoven Symphonies cycle (Nos. 1-9) for CD and DVD Audio Weimar: Directs West-Eastern Divan Project: Workshop for young music students from the Near and Middle East.



Leads Staatsoper Berlin and Berlin Philharmonic in cycle of Mozart Da Ponte Operas and Mozart piano concertos over a period of three years. Operas took place at the Staatsoper Berlin while selected piano concertos and concert arias were performed with the Berlin Philharmonic and guest soloists at the Philharmonie. Gives 50th Anniversary recital at the Teatro Colón on August 19 in Buenos Aires.


New York: Carnegie Hall mounts tribute to Daniel Barenboim as pianist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher in his 50th Year of Performance Buenos Aires: Gives 50th Anniversary recital at the Teatro Colon on August 19.


Leads Staatsoper Berlin in four seasons at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Operas include Mozart's Don Giovanni, Beethoven's Fidelio, Wagner's Tannhäuser. Die Meistersinger, Tristan und Isolde and Der Fliegende Hollander and R. Strauss's Elektra. Other works include Brahms Requiem, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Piano Concerto No. 4, Schumann Symphony No. 2 and Piano Concerto, Mahler Symphony No. 5.


Recordings of Beethoven Symphonies and Busoni's Die Brautwahl win Cannes Classical Awards; West-Eastern Divan Workshop and Orchestra takes place in Chicago; Leads CSO on European tour; Signs new five-year contract with Staatskapelle Berlin; Holds three-week festival "Wagner and Modernism" with CSO in Chicago.


Leads Staatsoper Berlin in three sold out Ring Cycles in Japan; Conducts Wagner Marathon at Staatsoper Berlin, including two complete cycles of the composer's ten major operas; Performs Beethoven Sonatas cycle at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires; West-Eastern Divan Workshop and Orchestra takes place in Seville, hosted by the Fundación Tres Culturas del Mediterráneo; Performs piano recital in Ramallah; Autobiography Daniel Barenboim, A Life in Music reprinted with six new chapters; Book Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society, written together with Edward Said, is released; Wins Prince of Asturias Award for Concord with Edward Said; Wins German Federal Cross of Merit; Wins Tolerance Prize from Evangelical Academy in Tutzing; Celebrates 60th birthday with Benefit Concert for Staatsoper Berlin, performing Brahms Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 with Zubin Mehta conducting.


CD of Wagner's Tannhäuser with Staatskapelle Berlin wins Grammy Award; Daniel Barenboim and Staatskapelle Berlin win Wilhelm Furtwängler Prize; Performs Brahms cycle in Paris with Staatskapelle Berlin; Tours Japan with CSO; Gives all-Beethoven recital at Friends School in Ramallah; Leads West-Eastern Divan Workshop in Seville; Performs a Memorial Concert for Edward Said in Chicago with the CSO and participants of the West-Eastern Divan Workshop.


Leads Staatskapelle Berlin on tour of US with works by Robert Schumann; Performs Beethoven Sonatas cycle at Vienna's Musikverein; Gives Brahms Symphonies cycle with Staatskapelle Berlin in Munich; Leads Palestine Youth Orchestra in its first concert and gives Beethoven Sonatas concert at Friends School in Ramallah; Wins Wolf Prize for his dedication to human rights causes and his commitment to bringing people together. Contributes the $50,000 award to music education projects in Israel and Ramallah; Performs Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier in Germany, Argentina, Spain and the U.S.


Delivers first Edward Said Lecture at Columbia University in New York. Leads two days of Beethoven sonatas masterclasses with seven young pianists in Chicago, taped for television and DVD. Named Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. Takes CSO on tours of U.S. and Europe and appears with the Orchestra at the Berlin Festtage and Lucerne Festival. Leads Staatskapelle Berlin on tours of Japan and Spain. Performs Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Books I and/or II) in Holland, the UK, France, Spain, Japan, Austria). Performs Beethoven sonatas cycle at Berlin's Staatsoper, recorded for DVD release. Opens music kindergarten in Berlin. Wins Special Ambassador of Music Prize of ECHO Klassik 2005. Takes West-Eastern Divan Orchestra on tour to Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, England, Scotland and Ramallah. Conducts concert with Staatskapelle Berlin and soloists Plácido Domingo, Thomas Quasthoff and Rene Pape to benefit victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia.


Delivers 2006 BBC Reith Lectures in London, Chicago, Berlin and Jerusalem. Receives the Music Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. Performs Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Books 1 and 2) in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, France and the U.S. Takes Staatskapelle Berlin on tours to North America, Austria and Spain. Conducts Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Europakonzert 2006 in Prague, broadcast worldwide. Wins Kultur Groschen award. Wins Peace Prize from the Korn and Gerstenmann Foundation. Named Maestro Scaligero at La Scala, Milan. At the completion of his tenure as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1991-2006), is named "Honorary Conductor for Life" by CSO musicians. Gives six lectures at Harvard University as Charles Eliot Norton Professor. Receives Robert Schumann Prize. Receives Understanding and Tolerance Award from Berlin's Jewish Museum. Receives Hessischer Peace Prize. Leads West Eastern Divan Orchestra on a four-concert tour of the U.S.A. including a farewell concert for United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at the UN and performances at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), Harris Theater (Chicago) and Carnegie Hall in New York.


Participates in the first of a series of public debates in Brussels hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee under the patronage of the European Commission and the European Parliament. Commemorates the 50th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut with performances of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Books 1 and 2). Leads Staatskapelle Berlin on German/European tour. Leads Wiener Philharmoniker on tour to Budapest, Oslo, Moscow, Valencia, Madrid and New York. Awarded the 2007 Goethe Medal in Germany. Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music degree by Oxford University Named Commandeur dans L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur in France Named an Ambassador for Peace by the United Nations Performs all-Liszt piano recitals in Paris, Milan, Bologna, Florence and Rome. Performs as pianist and conductor in Beethoven Piano Concertos cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr Conducts Parsifal, Manon and Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper Berlin Conducts the West- Eastern Divan Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival and on tour in Malaga, Cordoba, Madrid, Lisbon, Lucerne, Brussels and Berlin. Conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in Eugene Onegin at the Salzburg Festival and in concert in Salzburg, London (Proms), Dublin, and at the Lucerne Festival Opens La Scala season with a new production of Tristan und Isolde, directed by Patrice Chéreau Leads Staatsoper Berlin and the Staatskapelle Berlin on tour to China and Japan Awarded the Praemium Imperiale in Japan La Musica Sveglia il Tempo is published in Italian by Feltrinelli (editions in many other languages to appear in 2008)


Receives Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medal. Receives first-ever honorary doctor of music degree awarded by School of Oriental and African Studies. Performs Mahler and Bruckner with the Staatskapelle Berlin in Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. Performs Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle at Teatro alla Scala. Performs in Europe with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Writes a book of essays on music and life, "Everything is Connected". Performs in Mumbai with Zubin Mehta. Conducts world premiere of Elliott Carter's Flute Concerto with Emmanuel Pahud in Jerusalem. Continues Bruckner/Schönberg cycle with Staatskapelle Berlin (begun in 2006/7 season). Performs chamber music matinee concerts in the Staatsoper Berlin with members of the Staatskapelle. Performs complete Mahler cycle in Vienna. Makes conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera with Tristan und Isolde. Performs world premiere of Elliott Carter's Interventions for Piano and Orchestra, and New York premiere on the composer's 100th birthday. Performs all-Liszt recital at the Metropolitan Opera, the first piano recital there since Vladimir Horowitz's performances there. Performs with members of West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in the United Nations' General Assembly Hall to commemorate 60 years of its declaration of Human Rights. Performs New Year's concert with Vienna Philharmonic.

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