(Credit: Thomas Bartilla)
Daniel Barenboim has canceled his upcoming tour following the advice of his physician.
In a statement, the conductor’s team said, “Daniel Barenboim, has withdrawn from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s upcoming tour. Mr. Barenboim was recently diagnosed with an inflammatory vascular disease and has been undergoing inpatient treatment for the past two weeks. He is expected to make a full recovery. The WEDO tour will continue with rising conductor Thomas Guggeis (Thomas Guggeis – Conductor), a former assistant to Mr. Barenboim, slated to be the next General Music Director of Frankfurt Opera.”
Barenboim himself noted, “Withdrawing from this tour is painful. My work with the WEDO is very special to me and I was greatly looking forward to performing Smetana’s Ma Vlast with them. However, at this time, I must prioritize my health and I am grateful that Thomas Guggeis has agreed to take over the tour. ‘Ma Vlast’ is a very poignant piece for the WEDO to be taking to European capitals, especially at this time, and I am very happy that the tour is going ahead. I will be with all the musicians in spirit and look forward to reuniting with them in the summer.”
The conductor had previously canceled performances until April 22 earlier in April. He was set to conduct the Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy at the Berlin State Opera, but canceled.