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  • Title
    General Music Director
  • Affiliation
    Berlin State Opera

The Argentina-born pianist and conductor, who holds both Israeli and Palestinian citizenship, has long used his prominence to try to nurture peace in the Middle East, founding with the late scholar Edward Said 16 years ago the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to bring together young Israeli and Arab musicians. “You can’t make peace with an orchestra,” he once told The Guardian. But you can “create the conditions for understanding.”

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