Michael Barenboim lets music, in its diverse and enduring ways, speak for itself through his violin.His performances are praised by the critics as “stunning”, “exciting, “utterly persuasive and breathtaking”.
Committed to the core classical and romantic repertoire, he is deeply invested and specially recognized for his performances of the 20th century and contemporary repertoire. Barenboim celebrates a long history of collaboration with the late Pierre Boulez, whose pieces he regularly performs in recital and with the Boulez Ensemble. He has recorded both Boulez’s Anthèmes 1 & 2 on Accentus Music. His second solo recording, presenting works by Sciarrino, Tartini, Berio and Paganini, was released in January 2018 and hailed by the critics as “visionary programming” (BBC Music Magazine), “breathtakingly compelling, and one that’s full of brilliant revelations” (The Strad).
Recent highlights included Michael Barenboim’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, performing Schönberg’s Violin Concerto under the baton of V. Petrenko. This followed other successful debuts playing this particular concerto with the Vienna Philharmonic under D. Barenboim, Chicago Symphony under A. Fisch, and Israel Philharmonic under Z. Mehta. He also returned to the Israel Philharmonic for a tour under G. Noseda, performing Bruch and Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos, appeared at the Enescu Festival with the Philharmonia Orchestra, performing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1, and with the BBC Philharmonic performing Berg Violin Concerto.