The Barenboim-Said Akademie welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and is committed to building a diverse and talented ensemble of young musician-scholars.
The Barenboim-Said Akademie offers the following programs of study in piano, orchestral instruments, and composition:
The Barenboim-Said Akademie has a two-step admissions process: applying and auditioning.
The application period for enrollment opens each autumn for matriculation into the following academic year (Winter Semester).
Our application portal for the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Preparatory Program and Artist Diploma for the 2024-25 academic year has been extended to January 18, 2024. To explore our entry, pre-screening and audition requirements, determine which program is the best fit for you, consult our Frequently Asked Questions, and more, please visit the Barenboim-Said “Admissions” website.
Update 09 October 2023
For the 2024-25 academic year, the Barenboim-Said Akademie will be accepting applications for the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, Preparatory Program and Artist Diploma program in all studios. For a complete overview of which studios are open for applications for the 2024-25 academic year, please see our Process page.
Applications for the 2025-26 academic year at the Barenboim-Said Akademie will open November 2024. You are more than welcome to check our website in October 2024 to check which studios and programs will be accepting applications for the 2025-26 academic year.
Applications for all programs and instruments are submitted via SlideRoom. You must register for a SlideRoom account in order to start an application. Following the registration process, you may sign in any time to continue work. There are no application fees.
Required Information and Documents:
- Personal Information: Full name, contact details, citizenship(s), address and emergency contact information.
- Addresses and dates of study at high school and previous university (if applicable)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL Essentials, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL ITP, Academic IETLS, Cambridge Certificate, LanguageCert LTE or Linguaskill General). For further information please refer to the FAQs and Resources page.
- Responses to short essay questions
- PDF copies of your most recent academic transcripts and certificates. Transcripts and certificates not in English or German must be submitted in the original language alongside an official, certified German or English translation.
- Copy of passport
- Biometric photo (51 x 51 mm (2 x 2 inches))
- Screening Materials
- Letter of Recommendation
Please bear in mind that the requirements may differ per program. Make sure to check the requirements, as specified in our SlideRoom application portal.
Visit the Resources page to find documentation that will help you with your application and pre-screening materials.
Following the review of the application and pre-screening materials, selected applicants are invited to interview and audition for our faculty in Berlin. Applicants should be aware that auditions may be recorded for panel review purposes only. Invited candidates will receive the audition dates with the invitation and will not be published in advance. Thank you for your understanding.
Invited applicants will audition for the instrumental jury and have an interview. Composition applicants will additionally take a Music Theory and Ear Training test. Applicants should be aware that auditions may be recorded for panel review purposes only. Additionally, candidates who have not provided proof of English skills will be required to take an English Language Test. Selected candidates will be informed accordingly of the exam details with enough time in advance.
Applicants from outside of Germany who have been invited to audition will have the opportunity to apply for a travel bursary. The Barenboim-Said Akademie Admissions team can also assist the applicant in applying for any necessary travel visas.
Visit the Audition & Pre-Screening Repertoire page.
Arabic: Nardin Ballan, Bachelor of Music (Flute)
Hebrew: Assif Binness, Bachelor of Music (Cello)
If you have further questions about applying, auditions, or studying at the Akademie, then check our Frequently Asked Questions website. If you cannot find your answers, you can contact the Admissions Office or schedule an online appointment with one of our Admissions Team.