“We want to bring you close to extraordinary music of many different kinds, performed by some of today’s finest musicians,” say Divan co-founder Daniel Barenboim and Boulez Saal Founder and Director Ole Bækhøj. “And we want to do this in an intimate setting that will allow you to listen closely–a place where contemporary music thrives and naturally co-exists with the Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoire, where world premieres will share the stage with Arab music, jazz, lectures and more.”
The hall will be a place where creation and education meet, presenting concerts and festivals featuring the academy’s students and faculty, and will host conferences and educational events. The Barenboim-Said Akademie grew from a visionary collaboration between Barenboim and the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said. The founding of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra 16 years ago in Weimar was the realization of a utopian idea: to bring people divided by politics, societies, and nations together to make music. Said’s dream of an academy of music and understanding for students from the Middle East lives on in the Barenboim-Said Akademie and the new Pierre Boulez Saal.
Barenboim and Bækhøj note that “Pierre Boulez had a lifelong desire to learn and to discover,” and hope that “his spirit will live on in this new hall and that anything we experience there will help all of us and future generations to be curious and open-minded, with a desire to listen, to learn, and to discover.”