Barenboim trumpets musician Ben
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