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Daniel Barenboim Stepping Down Due to Health Reasons

By Michael Vincent on October 11, 2022

Daniel Barenboim
Daniel Barenboim, Conductor, in repetition before the concert for Human Rights. 10 December 2016. UN Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré

Following a diagnosis of a “serious neurological condition,” renowned 79-year-old conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim stated he will be taking a break from “some performing activities, especially conducting engagements for the coming months” in order to focus on his health.

He issued the following announcement on his social media accounts:

“It is with a combination of pride and sadness that I announce today that I am taking a step back from some of my performing activities, especially conducting engagements, for the coming months.

“My health has deteriorated over the last months, and I have been diagnosed with a serious neurological condition. I must now focus on my physical well-being as much as possible.

“Music has always been and continues to be an essential and lasting part of my life. I have lived all my life in and through music, and I will continue to do so as long as my health allows me to. Looking back and ahead, I am not only content but deeply fulfilled.”

His announcement came just after he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2022 Gramophone Classical Music Awards.

One of the great ones

As mentioned in the Guardian, Barenboim follows in the footsteps of classical music titans Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, and Arturo Toscanini.

His absence leaves a gap in classical music that will be hard to fill.

We wish him well.

Michael Vincent
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