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The Maestro: cultural diplomacy through music

February 1st, 2013
10:09 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The greatest compliment conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim ever got was from a young man in the Gaza Strip.

“‘We feel the world has forgotten us,’” Barenboim recounted a man from Gaza telling him. “‘Some people remember us and they send food and medicines – but then, you would do that for animals, too. But you came and played music, made us feel like human beings again.’"

Barenboim is an Israeli, and at 10 years old stepped onto the world stage as a child-prodigy pianist.

Now, the world-famous conductor brings together bitter enemies to share music stands and the orchestra pit.

His aim, he has said, is to find out whether “music really is the universal language.”

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