THE ACADEMY IN THE PIERRE BOULEZ SAAL
The Pierre Boulez Saal is the public face of the academy. It gives students a nurturing environment for taking their first steps into the spotlight, while offering them an outlet and stage to become part of the city’s cultural life. New formats, discovery and flexibility are essential to the acad-emy’s program: Lunchtime presentations, matinees, and student-faculty concerts are a few ideas which are already taking shape in the first season. Because of chamber music’s special role in the hall, it will certainly play an equally important role for the academy. An end-of-season performance before the summer break, an important rite of passage in any musician’s education, will showcase much of what has been studied and has inspired the students and faculty over the semester.
The students of the Barenboim Said-Akademie bring life to the Pierre Boulez Saal in their own way, putting their stamp on this new cultural space in the center of Berlin, together with and alongside prominent artists. They are creating a new tradition while becoming a part of the capital’s vibrant musical history.
WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA
Created in the spirit of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, The Barenboim- Said Akademie also represents hope for mutual understanding. Goethe´s admiration of the Persian poet Hafiz led him to pen the collection of poems titled “West–östlicher Divan”. As indicated in its namesake, this unique orchestra is an ensemble that places intercultural inspiration and collaboration at its core. Where young musicians from Middle Eastern nations find common ground for making music and communicating. As a group which is also driven by curiosity, both musical and cultural, the orchestra will have an important role in the Pierre Boulez Saal and Boulez Ensemble.
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