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    France Honors Argentinian-Israeli Conductor with the Legion


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    Argentinian-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim is decorated with one of France's highest awards - the Legion of Honor. He has worked to bring Arabic and Israeli musicians together for peace with his West-Eastern Divan youth orchestra for over 10 years.

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy presented Argentinian-Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim with France's second highest award, the Legion of Honour, in Paris on Monday.

    Barenboim started out as a pianist in Vienna and Rome in the early 1950s and travelled to Paris, London and New York for concerts.

    He proved to be one of the most talented pianists of his time.

    [Daniel Barenboim, Argentinian-Israeli Pianist & Conductor]:
    "I have had the honor to spend fifteen years heading the Paris Orchestra, you don't need to be told that it's not always easy with the French, but I have wonderful recollection of those fifteen years."

    He first conducted an orchestra in 1973 and went on to head prestigious orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin philarmonic orchestras.

    He has recorded many of his performances.

    The Argentine-born musician is renowned for his work with the West-Eastern Divan youth orchestra which unites Arabic and Israeli musicians.

    The orchestra tries to gather all the best musicians regardless of religion or politics.