Mena Mark Hanna, Founding Dean and Professor of Musicology and Composition at the Barenboim-Said Akademie, joined our nascent team in late 2014 as one of its first members and has played a major role in building the institution from an ambitious idea into a fully accredited conservatory for Music and the Humanities. His artistic and academic curiosity and his practical experiences from a distinguished academic career and in various roles in the classical music industry made him an invaluable asset in the realization of our vision.
As of October 2021, right after leading his last edition of the Edward Said Days at the Akademie, Mena will take up new responsibilities as General Director of Spoleto Festival USA. As one of the most important festivals in the US, Spoleto Festival USA showcases artistic genre-crossing performances and reaches an international audience. The line-up includes renowned artists like Renée Fleming, Joshua Bell and Yo-Yo Ma as well as multiple opera-premieres such as “The American Clock” by Arthur Miller or “Hydrogen Jukebox” by Philip Glass and Allen Ginsberg. Hanna will start his new position in October 2021 during the 45th anniversary of the festival.