Huge congratulations to Daniel Barenboim who this week celebrates his 70th birthday!
The birthday celebrations are already in full swing with concerts taking place over the past two weeks in Milan and Vienna. Returning to the piano as concerto soloist, he was joined by friends and colleagues from throughout his career for stunning performances at La Scala and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
On 30 October, Maestro Barenboim joined his long time friend Claudio Abbado in a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with the Filarmonica della Scala. And on November 7th he returned to La Scala under the baton of Daniel Harding for performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 3, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1. The two Daniels then travelled to Vienna where they joined the Wiener Philharmoniker for two celebratory concerts on November 10 and 11 at the Konzerthaus, where he made his Vienna debut in 1952 at the age of 10!
Harold Holt and now Askonas Holt is proud to have been associated with such a versatile and unique artist also for 60 years. The Company’s former President, Sir Ian Hunter, was fond of relating the story when he met a young Daniel with his father after they returned from their first concert tour to Australia; his father reported that they just could not afford to pay Harold Holt the commission on the tour; so he hoped that a modest copper ash tray would suffice instead; that ashtray remained on Sir Ian’s desk for the next 40 years until his retirement.
The celebrations continue later this week when Maestro Barenboim will join his colleague and friend of many years, Zubin Mehta. They will perform the Beethoven and Tchaikovsky concertos with the Staatskapelle Berlin at the Schillertheater on November 15th, the very day he turns 70.
Please join us in saluting Daniel Barenboim, a unique life source in our World of Music. For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow!