Daniel Barenboim to Take Step Back From Performances Due to Health

By Francisco Salazar

Daniel Barenboim is taking a step back from performing after being diagnosed with a serious neurological condition.

The conductor and pianist took to social media and said, “It is with a combination of pride and sadness that I announce today that I am taking a step back from some of my performing activities, especially conducting engagements, for the coming months. My health has deteriorated over the last months, and I have been diagnosed with a serious neurological condition. I must now focus on my physical well-being as much as possible.”

He ended the statement by noting, “Music has always been and continues to be an essential and lasting part of my life. I have lived all my life in and through music, and I will continue to do so as long as my health allows me to. Looking back and ahead, I am not only content but deeply fulfilled.”

The news comes months after Barenboim canceled numerous performances including an anticipated Ring Cycle at the Berlin State Opera. OperaWire has reached out to the Berlin company for comment on Barenboim’s statement and what changes this will create for the scheduled performances.