Booming Beats

The Other Barenboim

David Barenboim
From classical to hip-hop, David Barenboim creates a different kind of beat.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    While Daniel Barenboim is one of the world’s most well-known classical music conductors his son, David, is taking a different musical direction.

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    • Daniel Barenboim, the famed Argentine-Israeli pianist and conductor, has been the music director of the Berlin State Opera and the Berlin Staatskapelle since 1992.
    • His son, David Barenboim, is a hip-hop producer. He has worked with artists like RAF Camora, Harris, Said, Megaloh, and Silla.
    • He has moved around the world a lot but considers Berlin to be his home town.
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Daniel Barenboim, the conductor of the Berlin State Opera and Berliner Staatskapelle, is an institution in Berlin and one of the most talked-about figures in classical music.

The performance of his annual West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Berlin’s Waldbühne was attended by a massive audience of 22,000, including Chancellor Angela Merkel this year. And last weekend, he performed at the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall.

But his family is not as well known, even though his sons are also professional musicians. His younger son Michael is a concert violinist and David, his older son, has produced the beats for many German hip-hop artists.

Going by the name of KD-Supier, David Barenboim has made a name for himself on the German rap scene.

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