The Barenboim-Said Akademie offers an unprecedented conservatory education for talented, young musicians from the Middle East, North Africa, and around the world, uniting intensive music performance studies with a grounding in the humanities – all within the heart of historic Berlin. Visit
The Akademie offers both a Bachelor of Music degree and Artist Diploma program in all orchestral instruments, piano, composition, and conducting. The accredited, four-year undergraduate Bachelor degree provides the depth of intense professionally-oriented music studies alongside a broad introduction to the humanities, while the post-graduate Artist Diploma program prepares pre-professional musicians to embark on a performing career, combining high-level music studies with electives in the humanities.
Pierre Boulez Saal
The academy also houses the Pierre Boulez Saal, a new concert hall designed by architect Frank Gehry. With a capacity of 684 seats, the elliptical hall features four different seating constellations that can be changed depending on the musical program and the number of performers. The hall is the home of the Boulez Ensemble, a chamber music group of flexible size made up of musicians of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Berlin, students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, and international guest artists, under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim. With its unique architectural and artistic profile, the Pierre Boulez Saal is among the most remarkable venues in Berlin. Beginning in March 2017, it will present an outstanding program of chamber music of the Classical and Romantic era, masterpieces of the 20th century, and music of our time, including world premieres. Visit
The Fundación Barenboim Said was created in 2004 with the generous support of the region’s government. The foundation manages and funds a number of programs aimed at intercultural conciliation, including the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s annual summer workshop and scholarships, an Academy of Orchestral Studies, and several children and youth music programs in Andalusia and the Palestinian Territories, including the Barenboim-Said Music Center in Ramallah and annual orchestral workshops in the Palestinian Territories. Visit
Daniel Barenboim Stiftung
Established in 2008 and based in Berlin where it is a registered charitable foundation, the Daniel Barenboim Stiftung supports intercultural dialogue through musical education and concerts, managing all aspects of the international tours of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, various music and education projects, mostly in the Middle East, and individual grant programs. Visit
Barenboim-Said Foundation USA
A New York-based nonprofit organization established in 2005, the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA is the American funding body of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and its partner programs, which include music and education projects in the Middle East - primarily in Palestine and Israel, serving around 700 students of all ages and reaching many more through various concerts and public events. Visit
Barenboim-Said Foundation Ramallah
Established in 2012, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, Ramallah is a nonprofit organization committed to integrating classical music within the Palestinian community and to strengthening public appreciation of the arts and music through concerts and public events. The Foundation serves children and young adults by developing the skills of highly talented musicians in an effort to enrich the Palestinian cultural scene locally and worldwide. Visit
The Edward Said Musical Kindergarten
Established in 2004 as a joint venture with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, the preschool and kindergarten are based on Daniel Barenboim’s concept of "education through music" and draw students from the Ramallah area and the surrounding refugee camps.
Berlin Musik Kindergarten
Opened on September 5, 2005, the Musikkindergarten Berlin is an independent institution that seeks to implement the concept of "education through music" for preschool children. Visit