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In 1999, Daniel Barenboim, together with the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said and by invitation of the Kunstfest Weimar, created a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries of the Middle East seeking to enable intercultural dialogue and to promote the experience of collaborating on a matter of common interest. Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said named the Orchestra and workshop after Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems entitled “West-Eastern Divan”, a central work for the evolution of the concept of world culture.

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s first sessions took place in Weimar and Chicago. In 2002 it found a permanent home in Seville, Spain, where it is generously supported by the regional government of Andalusia (Junta de Andalucia). Additional support was raised by the creation of the Fundación Barenboim-Said and the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA in 2004 and the Daniel Barenboim Foundation in 2008. All three foundations work in concert to raise money and organise the Orchestra workshops and tours, but also to develop various music education projects in Israel, Palestine and Spain ... read full bio