Artist Diploma


The Barenboim-Said Akademie offers an Artist Diploma in all orchestral instruments, piano and composition.

The Artist Diploma is designed as a post-graduate certificate program for advanced musicians who are preparing to embark on a performing career. The program is one-year long with a possible second-year extension; unlike the Bachelor of Music degree, the Artist Diploma is not an accredited degree. Freedom and flexibility have been built into the curriculum of the Artist Diploma to match the demands of more active performing career schedules.

The core of the Artist Diploma program is rigorous instrumental and musical training. In addition to individual instruction and coaching, Artist Diploma students also participate in chamber music courses. Ensemble performances are guided by Daniel Barenboim.

To inform and enhance their intensive music studies, Artist Diploma students are also required to enroll in foundational courses in the humanities, such as philosophy, history, and literature. Artist Diploma students may additionally enroll in language courses, further elective courses in the humanities, or explore further offerings in the Barenboim-Said Akademie’s music curriculum, including music theory, music history, ear training, musicology, and composition.

Artist Diploma students are required to take designated courses in the instrumental, group music practice, and humanities modules. Courses in other modules are elective. The Artist Diploma’s certificate is conferred upon successful completion of designated courses.

The Barenboim-Said Akademie will not be accepting applications for the Artist Diploma Program for the 2021-22 Academic Year.