As soloists, chamber musicians, recording artists, and coaches, faculty at the Barenboim-Said Akademie are internationally-renowned performers and experienced pedagogues. Among their many affiliations are orchestras such as the Berlin Staatskapelle, the Berlin Philharmoniker, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayreuther Festspielorchester, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, and others.


The Humanities Program is a centerpiece of the curriculum at the Barenboim-Said Akademie, concentrating on the study of Philosophy, History, Literature, and Global Studies. Students at the Akademie take a wide variety of courses, designed to instill habits of intellectual openness and meaningful encounter with the Other. Professors in the Humanities Program teach its core classes and pursue scholarly work in the fields of democratic theory, postcolonialism, migration, memory, and other areas.


The Akademie houses a unique concert hall, designed by Frank Gehry and named after the great composer, conductor and music theorist Pierre Boulez. The Pierre Boulez Saal is a place where creation and education meet. It is where the ideal of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, education through music, will find resonance. While providing a space for students and faculty to perform, the hall will also host conferences and academic events. The Pierre Boulez Saal is an essential part of the Akademie, serving the students as a space to develop themselves further, under the guidance of professional artists and mentors, through performance and study.

Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Response at the Barenboim-Said Akademie. Updates on measures against the spread of the Coronavirus.