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Blakeway to explore the life of renowned Maestro Daniel Barenboim for BBC

British pubcaster BBC has commissioned Zinc Media-backed studio Blakeway Productions to produce a one-off documentary special set to explore the life and work of pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.  Daniel Barenboim: In ...
January 21, 2021

British pubcaster BBC has commissioned Zinc Media-backed studio Blakeway Productions to produce a one-off documentary special set to explore the life and work of pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim. 

Daniel Barenboim: In His Own Words will peel the curtain back on the world’s most celebrated Maestro as he reveals the key turning points that have shaped his acclaimed career.

Barenboim has previously served as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and La Scala in Milan. The seven-time Grammy Award winner currently serves as the general music director of the Berline State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin.

The 60-minute special will combine rare archive film materials with exclusive interview access to Barenboim who looks back on a career that’s spanned seven decades and offers deeply personal insight into a life “driven by music and coloured by heartbreak.” 

Daniel Barenboim: In His Own Words will be directed and produced by Gus Evans, and executive produced by Blakeway’s Greg Sanderson. The film was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, head of BBC Music TV commissioning.  

A premiere date has yet to be set.

“There are few alive who can genuinely claim the moniker of living legend; Barenboim is one of them,” said Sanderson, director of London television at Zinc Media, in a statement. “Through this exclusive access, we will be able to build a unique picture of one of the most important cultural figures alive today.”

“Often described as the world’s greatest living musician, Daniel Barenboim has created a legacy as one of the world’s most influential cultural pioneers,” added the BBC’s Younghusband. “We are thrilled that Blakeway Productions will work with him to share his unique experience and knowledge with our audiences who have enjoyed his music making on the BBC for so many years.”

Image courtesy Blakeway Productions

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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