West-Eastern Divan Ensemble
The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, led by the orchestra’s concertmaster Michael Barenboim, draws upon players of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The ensemble is the most recent imprint of this project and brings the highly praised artistry of the large orchestra into an intimate chamber music format. Now when the orchestra celebrates its 20th anniversary, Michael Barenboim, who as a soloist has recently appeared with Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony, founds this ensemble to spread the ideas behind the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra even further and to give the public an opportunity to experience the musicians' unique artistry and personality up close.
The first tour of the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble took place between the months of February and March 2020 in the USA. The ensemble performed, from coast to coast, chamber music works by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, as well as a new piece by the composer Benjamin Attahir.