Op-ed: The New York Times

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was first performed exactly 200 years ago Tuesday and has since become probably the work most likely to be embraced for political purposes. Read more.

Op-ed: The Guardian

In our orchestra, Israelis and Palestinians found common ground. Our hearts are broken by this conflict. We are all shocked by this terrible violence, but we won’t forget our shared humanity – or surrender our hopes for peace. Read more.

Acceptance Speech for the Konrad Adenauer Prize

Madam Mayor, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very grateful to accept the Konrad Adenauer Prize today. In 1953, when Konrad Adenauer had been the first post-war Chancellor of post-war Germany for only four years, the great conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler invited me – then eleven years old – to Berlin. At the time, my father refused this invitation: the end of the war and thus the Nazi regime’s terror had not even been over for ten…

Interview: United Nations News

Following the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s recent concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Daniel Barenboim visited United Nation Headquarters, speaking with UN News on the Orchestra’s impact on relations between Israel and Palestine. Read more.