Baren­boim trum­pets mu­si­cian Ben

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

PRAISE FROM Daniel Baren­boim pro­vided a mov­ing mo­ment for a young mu­si­cian and his Jewish com­poser grand­fa­ther.

Ben Gold­schei­der re­ceived a stand­ing ova­tion after he was sin­gled out for spe­cial men­tion by Daniel Baren­boim at a per­for­mance of the West-Eastern Di­van Orches­tra.

Mr Gold­schdei­der, the grand­son of Czech com­poser Alexan­der Gold­schei­der, was con­grat­u­lated by the ac­claimed con­duc­tor after play­ing the horn solo in Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Sym­phony at a con­cert at the Royal Fes­ti­val Hall.

Mr Baren­boim made a point of telling the au­di­ence that Mr Gold­schei­der was Bri­tish. The WestEastern Di­van Orches­tra is pri­mar­ily made up of young mu­si­cians from Pales­tinian and Is­raeli back­grounds and it is rare to have a Bri­tish mem­ber.

The 20-year-old, who stud­ies at the Baren­boim-Said Akademie in Berlin, told the JC : “It is a huge honour and a source of con­tin­u­ous joy to be part of the West Eastern Di­van Orches­tra. To work with mae­stro Baren­boim and tour the world’s great­est halls and fes­ti­vals is just the most in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Alexan­der Gold­schei­der, who came to the UK in 1981 as a refugee and who was in the au­di­ence at Royal Fes­ti­val Hall, said see­ing his grand­son cel­e­brated for his Bri­tish iden­tity was mov­ing.

“Be­com­ing Bri­tish was a huge priv­i­lege, but it is your chil­dren and their chil­dren who are truly Bri­tish. “And when one of the world’s best-ever mu­si­cians shows your grand­son to thou­sands in a phe­nom­e­nal con­cert and shouts ‘he is Bri­tish,’ it is a cir­cle that is so won­der­fully com­pleted.”

The con­cert was held to com­mem­o­rate the cel­list Jac­que­line du Pré, Mr

Baren­boim’s wife who died 30 years ago after suf­fer­ing mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, and to raise money for STOP MS a char­ity fund­ing med­i­cal re­search. Baren­boim

Ben Gold­schei­der


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