The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra aims to promote equality, harmony and understanding between musicians, against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Orchestra was founded in 1999 in Weimar by conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim and author and scholar Edward Said. In its first incarnation, it was a workshop for Israeli, Palestinian and other Arab musicians, and that grew into the now world-renowned orchestra. Named after a set of poems by the great Romantic writer Goethe, the orchestra is not, says Barenboim, for peace but ‘an orchestra against ignorance’.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra promotes equality, harmony and understanding between musicians
"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." Albert Einstein
"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world." John Muir