I f ever there was a prize for ‘global musician’, it would have to go to Daniel Barenboim. A born polyglot, fluent in Spanish, Hebrew, English, French, Italian and German, he’s a citizen of four countries: Argentina, Israel, Palestine and Spain. His first wife, the cellist Jacqueline du Pré, was English, his second wife, pianist and musical director Elena Bashkirova, is Russian.

Daniel Barenboim Daniel Barenboim. Photo © Monika Rittershaus

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