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Daniel Barenboim and the Pierre Boulez Saal

One month after he concludes his nine-concert residency at Carnegie Hall with the Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim honors the legendary Pierre Boulez at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin. Its new concert hall, named the Pierre Boulez Saal and designed by Frank O. Gehry, opens this March with the inaugural performance of the newly formed Boulez Ensemble, comprising members of the Staatskapelle Berlin, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, and other guest musicians from around the world.

Pierre Boulez conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, featuring pianist Daniel Barenboim. Photo by Steve J. Sherman

The Barenboim-Said Akademie—an educational institution that expands upon the vision of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in uniting Israeli, Palestinian, and Arab young people in music—offers students from throughout the Middle East exemplary instruction in music alongside study in the humanities. The Pierre Boulez Saal will be a place where creation and education meet.

“Our vision is to bring you closer to many different kinds of extraordinary music in an intimate setting,” said Maestro Barenboim. “Spanning the centuries, here contemporary music thrives and naturally co-exists with Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoire. It will be a home for Arab music in Europe and serve as an explorational stage shared by world premieres, jazz, lectures, and more. This wide range of musical genres is a reflection of the halls unique ‘personality’ and our mission to foster curiosity in the spirit of Pierre Boulez.”

Pierre Boulez Saal  
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