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Michael Barenboim to make Melbourne debut

08 Apr 2016

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By Nick Li

Virtuoso young violinist Michael Barenboim is touring Australia for the first time, stopping at the Melbourne Recital Centre for a solo performance on April 12.

The Berlin-based musician has an illustrious pedigree, having performed with the Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras.

He is the son of the famous Argentine-Israeli pianist, Daniel Barenboim.

Inspired by his musical studies, Mr Barenboim’s performances are a dedication to the pieces themselves.

“The piece of music is at the centre of everything. What I seek to convey depends completely on the music I play. One of the biggest mistakes one can make is to use the music for one’s own message,” he said.

“Quite simply, I am motivated by studying and performing music because that is the most important thing to me. I am lucky to be able to do that.”

The recital at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall will feature performances of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, whose music holds significance to Mr Barenboim.

“You get quite a complete idea of what music meant at the time and specifically where it was played, ie the church and the court. There is a strong contrast between the dance movements of the partitas and the complex counterpoint in

the fugues of the sonatas for instance. The one piece that breaks this separation completely is the standout piece, one of the most exceptional works of art in history: The Chaconne,” he said.

Mr Barenboim will also be making stops at Adelaide’s Ngeringa Cultural Centre and the Sydney Opera House during his Australian tour.

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