Twenty years after he co-founded with Edward Said an orchestra of young Arabs and Israelis, Daniel Barenboim has spoken openly about the Diwan as a dream that has, so far, failed.
In a sombre 20th anniversary interview with the German press agency Barenboim said: ‘The orchestra exists (but not as) an orchestra for peace… We can not do that.
‘Today we cannot play in most Arab countries or in Israel…’
He takes credit for the training and experience the orchestra has given to many young musicians but is frustrated by the lack of political progress.’
However: ‘If both sides attack us, we must be doing something right. I would be worried if that did not happen.’
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