The conductor Daniel Barenboim (Buenos Aires, 1942) announced this Tuesday that he suffers from a “serious neurological disease” and that he will take a step back in his musical activity. “It is with a mixture of pride and sadness that I am announcing today that I will be stepping back from some of my performing activities, especially conducting engagements, over the next few months,” he wrote on Twitter.
In a message written in English and German, the pianist has indicated that his health has deteriorated in recent times and that he will concentrate on his physical well-being as much as possible.
The renowned Argentine-Israeli director has stressed that music “has always been and continues to be an essential and lasting part” of his life and that he will continue to live through music as long as his health allows it. “I look back and forward and I am not only happy, but also deeply fulfilled,” he said in the statement.
Barenboim, who turns 80 in November, had to cancel some activities recently due to inflammation of the blood vessels. Last May he decided to withdraw from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra tour due to medical advice.