Daniel Barenboim cancels June engagements

Daniel Barenboim cancels June engagements


norman lebrecht

June 01, 2022

Barenboim has called off two nights of trios next week at the Philharmonie de Paris, where he was due to perform with his violinist son Michael and his protégé cellist Kian Soltani.

Barenboim is receiving intensive treatment in Berlin for a non-malignant condition. No date has been given for his return.

Soon, we hope.


  • Piano Lover says:

    It looks like his health condition is worse than thought.
    I don’t think we shall see or hear him any more.

    • Maria says:

      Oh, for goodness sake! What a negative comment when you don’t even have hos medical records to hand, you just hearsay! He would still need a month or more to practise properly. Even after a holiday, you can’t just jump in, either at his aged of much younger! We wait in hope. There must always be hope, and not finish people off!

    • CJ says:

      What a horrible thing to say!
      Get well soon, Mr Barenboim, we are looking forward to seeing you.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Are you a doctor with access to inside information?

  • A.L. says:

    As of now, DB remains listed for one Elektra at the Staatsoper, on 15 June. Initially he was listed for the first 3 (of 5). Now Thomas Guggeis is in for 4. Would not surprise me to see TG doing all 5. Wishing Mo. DB a full recovery.

    • Achim Mentzel says:

      If you remember the last run of Elektras by Barenboim just before Corona, when one of the performances had to be stopped in the middle because he messed up completely unprepared the whole orchestra and it went completely out of sync with the singers, you really wish Guggeis would take over all five performances, although he is as boring as a sleeping sock. Nevertheless and of course, wishing Danny a speedy recovery and all the best.

      • Maria says:

        Live music and led by human beings. Danny is always well prepared.

      • music lover says:

        Achim,stick to your music(Spreewaldgurke)….

      • Suggeritore says:

        What have you heard Guggeis conduct, may I ask?

      • Zvonimir says:

        In July 1972 I was examining my pistol and thinking of using it on myself to end a time of anguish. But at that moment, I began to hear amazing sounds coming from my FM radio, sounds of terrible sorrow, of tremendous struggle, and finally, triumph. The music: Beethoven’s Choral Fantasia, Op. 80. The pianist: Daniel Barenboim. Thank you, Daniel. You saved a life.

  • Elisabeth Matesky says:

    I truly wish Daniel Barenboim, a full recovery for we, as
    a generation, cannot bare to lose one of our own … I’ll
    inform my Chicago Symphony Orchestra colleagues &
    it’s possible some already know of this? DB has many
    friends in the CSO, and returned to guest conduct not
    long ago w/ much emotional gratitude he had come back to a City which welcomed him after Sir Georg Solti had taken leave of his Music Directorship & of a
    handsome and exceptional ‘reign’ hallowed for fame
    garnered globally by Solti & ‘his’ fabled CSO!! Many of
    my CSO colleagues were on first name basis w/DB
    ^DB, please Get Well ~ Elisabeth, ‘w/Milstein’
    Wednesday, June 1st, 2022

    • Therese G Anello says:

      Well said! Maestro always gave a stupendous performance. Chicago lost a great artist when he departed as conductor of the CSO.

  • 5566hh says:

    Kian, not Kiam

  • fflambeau says:

    Sad to hear, he’s a great one. I hope he fully recovers soon.

  • Clement Reid says:

    Maybe he should simplify his schedule now. I love his recording years ago of the Bartok 3rd Piano Concerto.

  • Michael Garin says:

    Feel better, Maestro! Ad Meah V’esreem!

  • Piano Lover says:

    He conducted in Berlin today while seated.
    He looks very ill to me.
    Poor man.