The Argentinian-born pianist is known as an opinionated critic of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territories.
The well-known composer founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with late scholar Edward Said. The pair were due to perform at the second Katara Music and Dialogue Festival last April with an orchestra combining both Israeli and Palestinian musicians.
The performance last year was reportedly cancelled due to pressure from supporters of a cultural boycott of Israel. The festival organizers however state that the festival was cancelled due to “current political developments across the Arab region.”
Barenboim will perform Franz Schubert Sonata in C minor, D. 958 and Franz Schubert, Sonata in A major D.959 without his orchestra at the Katara Opera House on Tuesday evening.