The West–Eastern Divan Orchestra is a youth orchestra based in Seville, Spain, consisting of musicians from countries in the Middle East, of Egyptian, Iranian, Israeli, Jordanian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian and Spanish background.
It was founded in 1999 by the conductor Daniel Barenboim and academic Edward Said, and named after an anthology of poems by Goethe.
Martha Argerich, pianist and longtime performing partner of Barenboim, was named an honorary member of the orchestra in 2015.
In 2016, the Barenboim-Said Akademie was established in Berlin, Germany, as a state-accredited music conservatory offering Bachelor of Music degrees and Artist Diplomas. The Akademie, whose president is Daniel Barenboim, is based on the founding aims of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Upcoming BBC Events
Proms 2019: Prom 34: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
Past BBC Events
Proms 2018: Prom 43: Daniel Barenboim & West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
Proms 2016: Prom 43
Proms 2015: Prom 44: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim
Proms 2014: Prom 46: Daniel Barenboim and the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra
Proms 2012: Prom 18: Beethoven Cycle – Symphony No. 9, 'Choral'
Performances & Interviews from Similar Artists
Rhythmic drive and claustrophobic atmospheres
Neptune, the Mystic
Maurice Ravel: Shéhérazade Extract (Prom 48)
Eimear Noone: the power of Mozart
Gareth Davies: how to make a melody soar
Schoenberg: Seht, die Sonne from 'Gurrelieder' (excerpt) (2017)
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D major (4th mvt - excerpt) (2017)
Sir Simon Rattle on orchestras and fine wines
Britten: Les illuminations - Preview Clip
Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra - Preview Clip