The Vienna Philharmonic has invited Daniel Barenboim to conduct the New Year's Concert 2014.
This is in recognition of the orchestra's 25 years of musical collaboration with the General Music Director of the State Opera Unter den Linden in Berlin, who conducted his first Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert in 2009, and of all his artistic endeavors.
The Philharmonic also acknowledges Barenboim's efforts, characterized by much personal courage and noted around the world, to build bridges and reconcile that which seems irreconcilable.
Daniel Barenboim (born 15 November 1942) is an Israeli Argentine-born pianist and conductor. He has served as music director of several major symphonic and operatic orchestras and made numerous recordings.
Currently, he is general music director of La Scala in Milan, the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris. Barenboim is also known for his work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli musicians, and as an resolute critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.
Barenboim has received many awards and prizes, including an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, France's Legion d'honneur both as a Commander and Grand Officier, the German Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz and Willy Brandt Award, and, together with the Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said, Spain's Prince of Asturias Concord Award. He has won seven Grammy awards for his work and discography.
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History of the Vienna Philharmonic´s New Year's
The Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra's New Year's Concert
is by far the most popular of this orchestra's functions,
but also Austria's most noteworthy cultural export.
Throughout the world the Vienna Philharmonic's New
Year's Concert is televised worldwide
and is without doubt the most widely seen and heard
of all regular musical presentations performed in
the equally famous Musikvervein Concert Hall.
Reaching an audience of over 1,200 million people
since transmission commenced in the Republic of China
in the 1990's.
Inside Austria it constitutes an important
part of the nation's cultural identity. The worldwide
popularity of the New Year's Day Concert goes all
the way back to the "King of the Waltz"
himself Johann Strauss. The historical facts, however,
tell quite a different story. Despite the fact that
many future Philharmonic members began their careers
in Strauss' orchestra, the "Philharmonic Concert
Association", as it was called at the time, generally
ignored the most charming and "Viennese"
music which has ever been written. Probably the musicians
did not wish to jeopardize the social advancement
they had experienced upon becoming members of the
Philharmonic by associating themselves with dance
and entertainment music. It should be noted, however,
that the Strauss dynasty enjoyed the highest respect
among great composers of the day, such as Richard
Wagner and Johannes Brahms. The Philharmonic musicians
themselves, through several encounters with Johann
Strauss, had opportunity to observe the importance
of this music and the charismatic personality of its
creator, which had enraptured all of Europe
It has long been
a Philharmonic tradition at the New Year to present
a program consisting of the lively and at the same
time nostalgic music from the vast repertoire of the
Johann Strauss family and its contemporaries.
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