A Holy Land Prodigy

Stand for Israel  |  November 15, 2021

Daniel Barenboim as a child in Israel, 1953
(Photo: David Eldan/GPO)

In 1952, a 10-year-old Jewish boy made aliyah (immigrated) to Israel with his family. That boy, Daniel Barenboim, was already being recognized for his prodigious musical talent, as heard here in the Bach sonata he recorded at just the age of 12.

Daniel Barenboim would go on to become one of the world’s most respected pianists and conductors, leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years, and would marry his wife Jacqueline du Pré (herself a cellist and one of the finest musicians ever) at the Western Wall. But it all began with “Danny Barenboim,” an Israeli boy at the piano.

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