Israeli conductor: Where I differ from Barenboimmain
Omer Meir Wellber, Daniel Barenboim’s former assistant in Milan and Berlin, is now working in Palermo with a Palestinian director of culture to raise the city’s multicultural profile.
But Wellber, who is also music director in Manchester, is his own man.
From a fascinating Jewish Chronicle profile this weekend:
Like (Barenboim), he is critical of Israeli policy on the settlements, but has maintained close ties with the nation (he has been music director of his native Raanana Symphonette Orchestra for over a decade). “There is one small difference between Barenboim and I that is actually huge,” Wellber says. “My mother still lives in Israel. If the army calls, I go.”
Read on here.