Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has expressed opposition to the presence of and performance by the Berlin orchestra in the capital, Tehran, since it is conducted by an Israeli-Argentinean individual.
Spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Hossein Noushabadi said Sunday that the ministry had found out that the conductor, Daniel Barenboim, is linked to Israel in terms of nationality and identity, has been brought up in Israel and his parents have also lived there.
Iran does not recognize the Israeli regime as a state.
“We are not opposed to the trip by the German orchestra to Iran per se; rather, our opposition is to the person conducting the group,” Noushabadi said in reference to Barenboim.
The Iranian official said that Germany’s symphony orchestra can change its leader and then make another request for performance in Tehran.
Earlier on Thursday, Barenboim, the 72-year-old general music director of the Berlin State Opera House, announced his plan to take Germany’s top orchestra to Iran for a concert.