Daniel Barenboim is regarded one of the greatest living pianists and conductors. Daniel, born in Argentina to parents of Jewish Russian descent, began playing piano at the age of five. His mother was Daniel's first teacher. In 1950, at age 7, Daniel made his recital debut in Buenos Aires. The most important influences in Daniel's musical and artistic development was Artur Rubinstein. The Barenboim family immigrated to Israel in 1952.
In 1954, Daniel's parents arranged their son's participation in in Igor Markevitch’s conducting classes in Salzburg, Austria. It was in Salzburg, when the 11 year-old Daniel Barenboim played for Wilhelm Furtwängler. Furtwängler was so impressed, that he called Daniel "a phenomenon." That began a starting point in the Daniel Barenboim's career.
In 1955 Daniel Barenboim began his studies in harmony and composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.