Suffering from a neurological disease, the virtuoso pianist Daniel Barenboim renounces his future commitments

The legendary pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim announced, Tuesday evening October 4, to be suffering from a “serious neurological disease” and withdraw from its activities in the coming months.

“It is with a mixture of pride and sadness that I announce today that I am stepping back from some of my performing activities, particularly management engagements, for the coming months”wrote the Israeli-Argentine maestro on Twitter.

“I have to focus on my physical well-being”

“My health has deteriorated over the past few months and I have been diagnosed with a serious neurological disease”announces Mr. Barenboim, 79 years old. “I now have to focus as much as possible on my physical well-being”, adds the Israeli-Argentine maestro. Mr. Barenboim had already had to cancel several engagements in February and April due to health problems.

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To direction from The Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner at the National Opera, scheduled for its 80e anniversary on November 15, had also recently been cancelled.

The maestro has been the musical director of the Berlin State Opera and its orchestra, the Staatskapelle, for three decades and under contract until 2027. In particular, he has created a foundation and an orchestra responsible for promoting cooperation between the young musicians from Israel and Arab countries.

The World with AFP


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