Partner Projects

Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin

Since 2016, the state-recognized Barenboim-Said Akademie has been teaching talented young musicians, primarily from the Middle East and North Africa, in the pedagogical spirit of Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim – all within the heart of historic Berlin.

From the 2024-25 academic year, the Barenboim-Said Akademie will offer Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Preparatory Program and Artist Diploma programs for up to 90 students. In addition to intensive study in music theory and performance, each program also features study in the humanities. Students learn to listen to each other and develop their own ideas within a broad, interdisciplinary, and transcultural educational setting.

Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin

Designed by architect Frank Gehry and acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, the Pierre Boulez Saal opened in March 2017. It is part of the Barenboim-Said Akademie and housed in a former set storage building of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. An ellipse-shaped, modular space in which sound and architecture blend in a unique way, the hall offers almost unlimited possibilities to experience music—from solo works to a wide range of chamber music to orchestral repertoire, from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras to 20th-century classics and world premieres.

The idea of “Music for the Thinking Ear” serves as a motto, inspired by the limitless artistic curiosity of the hall’s guiding spirit, composer and conductor Pierre Boulez. This is most directly expressed in the concerts of the Boulez Ensemble, which was founded by Daniel Barenboim. In addition to chamber music from the 18th to the 21st centuries, music from the Middle East and Northern Africa as well as improvised music and jazz form major parts of the Pierre Boulez Saal’s program.

Barenboim-Said for Music, Ramallah

Established in 2012, the Barenboim-Said for Music in 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 Center currently provides a comprehensive musical education for 170 young people, offering three programs: a conservatory, a school and kindergarten program, and orchestral training via membership in the Filasteen Young Musicians Orchestra. Qualified graduates will have the opportunity to enroll at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin.

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.

Daniel Barenboim Stiftung, Berlin

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. The Foundation is the umbrella organization for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the BarenboimSaid Akademie with the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin and the Barenboim-Said Center for Music in Ramallah. To continue fulfilling its mission, the Daniel Barenboim Foundation relies on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and companies.

Barenboim-Said Foundation (USA), New York

Founded by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim, the Barenboim-Said Foundation (USA) is committed to the belief that musical excellence can serve as a catalyst for social change and is dedicated to the humanistic empowerment of young musicians from the Middle East and North Africa. Based in New York City, the Barenboim-Said Foundation (USA) supports and partners with the Divan Orchestra, the Barenboim-Said Center for music in Palestine, and various other projects and programs that advance the musical and educational development required to pursue musical excellence at the highest level.

West-Eastern Divan Trust UK

In response to the great support the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has received from its many friends in Great Britain, the West-Eastern Divan Trust UK was established as a registered charity in September 2011. Its mission is to support transcultural dialogue through music education and concerts, and it strives to overcome barriers and contribute to important reforms and renewals.

Fundación Barenboim-Said, Sevilla

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.